South Australia recorded a significant drop in new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a day after authorities warned the state was nearing the peak of its Omicron wave.
There were 4,349 new cases reported on Saturday, compared to 5,679 infections reported on Friday.
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Prime Minister Steven Marshall said Saturday’s numbers include 3,175 infections confirmed by PCR tests and 1,242 by state-issued rapid antigen tests.
He described the figures as a “significant reduction” on the 5,679 infections recorded on Friday, which was the first day that rapid antigen tests were included in daily totals and came after a delay in the processing of PCR tests following the weather. hot Wednesday and Thursday.
There are 236 patients in hospital, 10 less than yesterday, and 26 patients remain in intensive care, seven of whom require a ventilator.
SA Health also reported the deaths of four other people in South Australia.
According to South African government modeling, released on Friday, daily cases are expected to reach between 6,000 and 10,000 when the epidemic reaches its peak, expected between January 15 and 25.
“The numbers we see today are exactly the model that was delivered yesterday,” Marshall told reporters on Saturday.
“I’m hopeful we’ll hit that peak in the next couple of days in South Australia and then we’ll be heading towards a reduction in those numbers.”
There will be a need for around 370 hospital beds, including 50 intensive care places, during the peak.
On Friday, the prime minister said the state had a capacity for “much more” than those numbers.
“The modeling predicts that the peak will be reached as early as tomorrow. I think we are very close,” Mr. Marshall said.
“We still have quite a difficult few days and weeks ahead of us, but I think we can now look to the other side with great hope.”