774 new AS cases, number of places and foci cut off

South Australia recorded a new record of 774 COVID-19 infections, the vast majority being the Omicron variant, prompting the Marshall government to reduce site capacity and cut family gatherings from 30 to a maximum of 10 people.

Prime Minister Steven Marshall announced the new cases at a press conference on Sunday afternoon, saying authorities must act quickly to prevent new daily infections from climbing by the thousands over the coming days and weeks.

“It will overwhelm our health systems across the country if we don’t take action,” he said.

“We must take action to save lives.

Indoor seating capacity will increase to a rule of one person per four square meters, while outdoor activities will be permitted to one person per two square meters.

Gyms will be limited to one person per seven square meters.

Family gatherings will be reduced from 30 to 10 people.

“There is no doubt that it will be a very difficult time for South Australia,” said Marshall.

People arriving from the highway will not need to take a PCR test before arriving, but are told to take a rapid antigen test after entering South Africa.

Marshall has ruled out at this point returning the state to lockdown.

“It is not our intention to have a lockdown in South Africa, but it is our intention to drastically reduce mobility at this time until we can get more shots in the arms of the South Australians. “, did he declare.

Health chief Nicola Spurrier said three jabs were needed to achieve the same level of protection against Omicron as two jabs against Delta.

“What we need to do now is make every effort, every effort possible in our state to get the third dose to everyone as quickly as possible,” she said.

The time for the booster shots will be brought forward from January 4 to four months after your second dose and then lowered again on January 31 to three months.

Early data indicated that about 84% of the state’s new cases were vaccinated and 16% were unvaccinated, reflecting the state’s vaccination rate.

Of the three people in intensive care, one is not fully immunized and two are. The remaining seven people in the state’s COVID-19 ward – who are not in intensive care – are not vaccinated.

“You can see a little bit of a difference,” Spurrier said.

“Even though this is a small number (of) people hospitalized, there is a high representation of people who are not vaccinated.”

Spurrier said there was exposure of one positive case in 40 elderly care facilities and transmission in eight others.

There are 35 elderly caregivers and 16 residents who have contracted the virus.

Thirty-two disability care sites were exposed and four additional sites were transmitted. One is a site specific to Aboriginal people.

Forty staff and their clients in disability care have contracted the virus.

There were also exposures in 21 hospitals and four hospitals experienced transmission.

“As we start to see these additional cases, especially in settings vulnerable to us in South Africa, we will become much more concerned,” Spurrier said.

Almost 20,700 tests were carried out on Christmas Day.

-with AAP

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