Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

South Australia has admitted 4349 new COVID-19 cases within the last 24 hours where the peak of the state outbreak is expected to be hit in the coming days.

A further four deaths among people with the virus have been reported today, while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped overnight to 236, down from 246.

Of the admissions, 26 are in intensive care, of which seven are in respirator.

COVID-19 test in Port Adelaide. (Ben Searcy)

Premier Steven Marshall the number of health care workers in isolation had risen to 918, including 567 who were positive for the virus.

Marshall said he hoped the state would “reach the top within the next few days.”

“I very much hope that we are at that peak – or almost at that peak,” he said.

“The range in terms of that peak will be between 6,000 and 10,000 cases a day,” he said.

Problems reported at geriatric care centers

Sir. Marshall said he had heard reports that residents of nursing homes said they were denied visitors and were not allowed out of their rooms.

SA Premier Steven Marshall said most South Australian elderly care facilities did not have visitor limits. (Nine)

The Prime Minister reiterated that there were no limits to visitors to geriatric care centers if 70 per cent of residents were vaccinated.

“It’s pretty much every single elderly care facility,” he said.

Marshall said visits were only stopped at facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks.

He said he had asked for further advice to geriatric care centers and that he was briefed on the situation in geriatric care centers on Monday.

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