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SA records another spike in COVID cases

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COVID-19 cases continue to surge in South Australia following the return of school and the Fringe festival, with SA Health reporting 2307 new cases on Thursday – the highest number in five weeks.

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The last time the South Australian daily caseload was this high was January 26 when 2401 cases were reported.

In a statement yesterday afternoon, SA Health said another five people had died after testing positive for COVID-19, including a man and woman in their 40s, a man in his 70s, a man in his 90s and a woman in her 60s.

There were 104 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including nine in intensive care and one on a ventilator.

Of those in hospital, 58 were fully vaccinated, 22 were either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and 24 had an unknown vaccination status.

All up, there were 18,150 active infections in the state on Thursday.

Premier Steven Marshall said there had been a recent “bump” in COVID-19 infections, but SA Health was able to handle the number of hospitalisations.

“We’re still very much within our capacity within hospitals,” he told reporters.

“We’ve seen that remain relatively flat for an extended period of time.

“We will be looking at easing restrictions further at the end of next week and we’ve been doing it in a two-week tranche arrangement for the last six weeks.”

Marshall said authorities were yet to decide which restrictions would ease from next week.

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