SA COVID cases today: Steven Marshall registers two COVID deaths as cases rise to the highest level on NYE in South Australia

Two more people have died with COVID-19 in southern Australia as the state registers another case increase.

The number of cases in South Australia on Thursday is 2093, which is an increase from 1374 on Thursday.

The two deceased were both elderly caregivers.

“We know these people were COVID-positive,” said Premier Steven Marshall.

This comes a day after Mr Marshall announced the “very sad news” that a COVID-19 positive child under the age of two had died.

South Australia Premier Steven Marshall (file image)
Steven Marshall. Credit: AAP

“This child was COVID-positive, but the cause of death has not been determined yet,” Mr Marshall told reporters.

There are 44 people in SA hospitals with COVID-19.

Close contact definition

After Thursday’s national government meeting, Steven Marshall said the definition of a close contact would be narrowed to a household or intimate contact with an infected person.

There will be exceptions such as “in more vulnerable communities, and also where there is a known significant transmission event,” Mr Marshall said.

He also urged people not to flood test sites to ease the strain on the system, and that the National Cabinet had agreed to start relying more on rapid antigen testing.

The state has a stockpile of about 780,000 rapid antigen tests, with an additional nine million on order needed for use in health and high-risk environments.

Sir. Marshall urged retailers to “do the right thing” in terms of pricing RATs to the public.

– With AAP

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