South Australian Prime Minister isolates himself after daughter tests positive for COVID-19

“I have no symptoms and feel great. I will continue to chair the daily meetings of the COVID Ready committee and continue to lead our response to the pandemic.”

Mr Marshall said he learned of his daughter’s positive result on Saturday.

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Previously, the state had reported 4,274 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths, a 13% increase from the day before and amid a 20% increase in testing.

Hospitalizations increased to 164, including 16 in intensive care.

About 80 percent of intensive care patients were unvaccinated, although the unvaccinated only make up 7.3 percent of the population.

Two other health workers tested positive.

Some 608 health workers are either positive or isolated due to close contact, out of a workforce of 53,000.

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“This number is steadily increasing and it is something of great concern to us,” Marshall told reporters earlier on Saturday.

The five deaths included an elderly person in their 50s and another in their 60s.

Three cases were discovered in remote indigenous communities, including one person who had moved from Adelaide.

But Mr Marshall said he was happy 270 members of the Amata community in APY lands tested negative after two cases were reported there earlier. 30 other results are expected shortly.

Mr Marshall confirmed that elderly and disabled care workers will join healthcare workers in needing a third dose of vaccine to be considered fully immunized.

This mandate will apply from January 30.

He warned the government was considering applying the third dose mandate to other workforces, including child care centers.

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