COVID-19 update 21 April 2023

21 April 2023

COVID Cases in SA

There have been 2,509 new cases of COVID-19 reported in South Australia in the past week.

As of 11:59pm Thursday 20 April, there were 126 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including one person in ICU.

There were 6 COVID-19 deaths notified in the past week, the ages range from people in their 70s to 90s. Deaths may not have occurred in the week in which they were reported.

Please note that due to a reconfiguration of the data, the total number of cases has been readjusted.

Total case breakdown

  This week Previous week
New cases 2,509 3,173
Total cases 900,575 898,071
Total deaths 1,413* 1,408

*One death has been removed from the total due to previously reported deaths found to be unrelated to COVID-19

Variants

The latest genome sampling has found 57.4% of samples analysed were BA.2 and related variants (of which 9% were BA.2.7.5 and 91% were XBB), 31.6% were XBB.1.5 and 2.5% of samples analysed were BA.5 and related variants.

Other recombinant types made up 40% of the total variants (of which 96.7% were the XBC variant).

COVID testing

In the past week, 10,704 people received a PCR test in South Australia, a four per cent decrease on the previous week.

Of the test results returned, 869 PCR tests were positive and 1,640 positive Rapid Antigen Test results were reported.    

Vaccination update

Data is available from Vaccination numbers and statistics.

COVID testing sites

There are more than 40 sites across the state where South Australians can access a PCR with and without a GP referral.

This includes new walk-in clinics at Salisbury and Brighton, Frome Road in Adelaide and Mount Barker where people can get a free PCR without a referral.

Bookings are preferred.

PCR testing should be prioritised for people who are more vulnerable to the health impacts of a COVID infection and who would benefit from prompt diagnosis and treatment with oral antiviral medications.

For more information and to find a testing site, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

RAT eligibility

 Free RATs will continue to be available at collection sites for:

  • people with disability or who are immunocompromised
  • a carer of someone with a disability or who is immunocompromised
  • concession card holders (including Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and Department of Veterans Affairs Concession Card) 

 Eligible people can collect five free tests.

You do not need to register before collecting free RATs but will be required to show your eligible concession card. If you are living with disability or immunocompromised, you or your carer need to advise at the Collection Point.

You do not need to provide your name or personal details.

People who are not eligible for free RATs can purchase them from participating pharmacies and retail outlets.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible.

For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID-19