COVID-19 update 29 December 2023

29 December 2023

COVID cases in SA

There have been 1,475 new cases of COVID-19 reported in South Australia in the past week.

There were no new COVID-19 deaths notified to the Department for Health and Wellbeing. Please note, Births, Deaths and Marriages data is currently received on a monthly basis.

Total case breakdown

  This week Previous week
New cases 1,475 1,657
Total cases 954,606 953,131
Total deaths 1,663 1,663

COVID testing

In the past week, 4,886 people received a PCR test in South Australia, an eight per cent decrease on the previous week.

From 1 January, South Australians who require a COVID-19 PCR will need a referral from their GP, following the expiry of the National Partnership Agreement for COVID Testing with the Commonwealth Government.

Most people can do a Rapid Antigen Test if they are at low risk of severe COVID-19 illness but have symptoms. If you test positive to COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test, you do not need a PCR to confirm.

SA Health encourages everyone to make sure they are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and for the most vulnerable to have a plan with their GP to access PCR testing and antiviral treatments if they develop symptoms.

Those with a referral can receive a free PCR test at select SA Pathology sites or private pathology providers. More information is available at Testing for COVID-19.