South Australia records 4,349 new cases of COVID-19, peak in outbreak expected in coming days

South Australia recorded 4349 new COVID-19[female[feminine cases in the past 24 hours, with the peak of the state’s outbreak expected to be reached in the coming days.

Four more deaths of people with the virus were reported today, while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell overnight to 236 from 246.

Among the hospitalizations, 26 are in intensive care, including seven on ventilators.

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

Prime Minister Steven Marshall said the number of healthcare workers in isolation had risen to 918, with 567 testing positive for the virus.

Mr Marshall said he hoped the state would ‘peak to the peak in the next few days’.

“I’m hopeful that we’re at that peak – or almost that peak,” he said.

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

Problems reported in aged care facilities

Mr Marshall said he had heard reports of residents of aged care centers saying they were denied visitors and not allowed out of their rooms.

SA Premier Steven Marshall said most aged care facilities in South Australia have no visitation limits. (New)

The Prime Minister reiterated that there are no limits on visitors to aged care facilities if 70% of residents are vaccinated.

“It’s basically every aged care facility,” he said.

Marshall said tours were only halted at facilities affected by COVID-19 outbreaks.

He said he had asked for further advice to be given to aged care facilities and to receive a briefing on the situation in aged care facilities on Monday.

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