COVID-19 cases fall in South Australia but ramping up slightly in December

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COVID-19 cases fall in South Australia but ramping up slightly in December

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in South Australia has fallen by a third in a week, but the hours patients are waiting in ambulances outside hospitals has increased for the second consecutive month.

South Australian Health Minister Chris Picton said the state recorded 4,954 new COVID-19 cases over the past week.

That compares with 7,671 the week before and more than 10,000 a week for the five weeks before that.

The number of people being tested for the virus also decreased over the past week.

“There was a reduction in terms of testing, but the number of cases has reduced more than the number of tests reducing,” Mr Picton said.

“That importantly shows we’re seeing a lower positivity rate in terms of cases in the community.”

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier had predicted a peak of cases in the latest wave to crest in November and then December.

But Mr Picton said a variety of different strains going around the community appeared to have caused an “elongation” of the peak. 

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