South Australia records 14 cases in hotel quarantine

SA has recorded 14 cases in hotel quarantine. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty

South Australia has recorded 14 new infections in hotel quarantine.

The state’s health department released the concerning figure on Monday afternoon, saying all cases were returned travellers in medi-hotels.

The positive infections include a male and female in their 20s, four females in their 30s, a male in his 40s and four children — two boys and two girls.

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It brings the state’s total number of cases to 719 with 32 currently active.

SA recorded 14 new infections in hotel quarantine on Monday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty
SA recorded 14 new infections in hotel quarantine on Monday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty

The high figure comes after SA’s chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said health authorities were “concerned” with the increasing number of active coronavirus cases.

She said they were in talks with the federal government about the number of overseas arrivals the state could handle.

It came after the state recorded nine new hotel quarantine cases on Thursday.

“This puts me on edge and also members of my staff to make sure we’re still protecting SA,” she said.

“So we need to make sure all of our processes in our quarantine stream and medi-hotel are as tight as possible.

“We feel that we’re getting near capacity in terms of our concerns around safety.”

Professor Spurrier last week said there were ‘concerns’ in the ‘very high’ number of new COVID-19 cases reported in SA medi-hotels. Picture: Dean Martin
Professor Spurrier last week said there were ‘concerns’ in the ‘very high’ number of new COVID-19 cases reported in SA medi-hotels. Picture: Dean Martin

SA Health also advised on Monday that anyone who travelled into the state from the Perth or the Peel region since April 17 should go get tested and remain in isolation until they received a negative result.

Those people must also be retested on days five and 13.

“Anyone who has been in the Perth or Peel regions are currently not permitted to enter South Australia from 12:01am Saturday, April 24,” it said in a statement.

“Essential travellers are permitted, but must isolate for 14 days.”

There have been 144,539 vaccines administered.

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Emily Cosenza is NCA NewsWire’s South Australian reporter, covering police, politics, court and general news, but often writes stories for other states. Before joining the wire, she worked for AAP and The Messe…

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