Two more COVID deaths, but hospital cases are falling

Two more people have died in South Australia after testing positive for COVID-19 as the state registered 2,762 new cases today.

Today’s daily caseload is up slightly from yesterday, but the number of people with COVID-19 in hospital has fallen from 223 to 212, with 10 in intensive care.

The majority of those in hospital – 118 – have received three or more doses of vaccine, while 85 patients are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

In a statement this afternoon, SA Health said two women in their 80s and 90s had died after testing COVID positive.

It said the BA.2 Omicron subvariant is still the most common variant in South Australia, with the strain identified in 80.7 percent of genome samples collected between June 1 and 13.

Earlier this week, public health chief Nicola Spurrier warned that daily COVID cases are expected to double below a new peak expected to hit South Australia by mid-July.

She said modeling by the University of Adelaide showed daily cases peaking at around 4-5,000 on July 12, spurred by the new BA.5 Omicron subvariant.

Testing has improved slightly in South Australia, with 8,763 people having a PCR test yesterday – a 7.2 percent increase from the previous 24 hours.

Of the test results returned yesterday, 1493 PCR tests were positive, while 1,269 positive rapid antigen test results were reported.

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