Covid SA: Woman in her twenties dies after testing positive

A woman in her 20s who tested positive for Covid has died when 2,342 new cases were reported today.

A woman in her 20s has died after testing positive for Covid, SA Health reported Friday.

The woman is one of two people in their twenties to have died from Covid in South Australia since the start of the pandemic – the other being a man who died in March – bringing the death toll to 465 since the start of the pandemic.

A man in his 90s has also died of Covid.

SA Health reported 2,342 new cases of Covid on Friday, and the total number of active cases in the state is now 16,798.

There are currently 235 people with Covid in hospital, including five people in ICU.

Of those hospitalized, 132 have received three or more doses of vaccine, 81 have not or have been partially vaccinated, and 22 have unknown vaccination status.

South Australia has experienced a total of 542,157 cases of Covid.

It’s because South Australians with Covid are being warned to book ahead if they want to get their hands on a scarce supply of antiviral drugs.

Covid’s life-saving antiviral medication is still not readily available at drugstores in South Australia, with most people having to wait at least 24 hours to get the pills, pharmacy leaders say.

It also emerged this week that unvaccinated South Australians who have shunned health advice will be given priority access to potentially life-saving Covid antiviral drugs.

Oral treatments Paxlovid and Lagevrio, which reduce the risk of severe Covid symptoms, have been tentatively approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and can be prescribed to patients.

However, they are currently only available to people at “higher risk of serious illness.”

Meanwhile, an SA scientist has revealed that despite exposure as close contact, people who have so far escaped Covid infection may consider themselves lucky.

UniSA biostatistics and epidemiology Professor Adrian Esterman says scientists around the world are trying to figure out why some people get Covid and others don’t.

Two more infectious strains of the rapidly advancing Omicron coronavirus variant are already in Australia — spreading across the United States.

Sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 were first reported in South Africa earlier this year, but are now gaining popularity in the Americas, accounting for 13 percent of new Covid-19 cases in the country.

Originally published as SA woman in her 20s dies after testing positive for Covid

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