SA Covid update: Thousands of new Covid cases reported

This article is unlocked and free to read in the interest of community health and safety. Get full digital access to trusted news from The Advertiser and Messenger with our great introductory offer. Drive-through testing sites will be scrapped and free RATs offered to all South Australians as the state reaches the peak of its … Read more

Covid-19: South Australia CHO Nicola Spurrier calls for masks at Black Friday events, WA predicts peak

After weeks of silence, South Australia’s top doctor has made a bold call on masks ahead of the festive season. SA’s Chief Medical Officer Nicola Spurrier said masks were now encouraged in indoor areas with high volumes of people, amid a spike in Covid-19 cases across the country. “We are probably about a week or … Read more

Covid-19 Australia: Fourth wave to affect Christmas as Omicron variant XBB cases surge

Christmas could be under threat from a fresh wave of Covid-19 that’s under way in Australia’s eastern states. A “soup” of Omicron variants, including BA.5, BA.2.75, XBB and BQ.1, is driving up case numbers across the country, all with the ability to escape immunity according to NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant. Dr Chant confirmed … Read more

Monkeypox: Melbourne cases rise as vaccine arrives

Monkeypox cases are on the rise in Victoria and there are fears the vaccine rollout has arrived too late. There are now 40 cases of monkeypox reported in the southern state and around 15 to 18 active cases. The state’s deputy chief health officer for communicable diseases Deborah Friedman said there has been a “significant … Read more

Largest nursing home outbreak of Covid-19 in Queensland recorded on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast nursing homes are at the epicenter of a devastating aged care Covid outbreak, as hospitalizations statewide reach their highest level of the pandemic so far Gold Coast nursing homes are at the epicenter of a devastating aged care Covid outbreak with five local residents dead and hospitalizations statewide reaching their highest level of … Read more

Doctor calls the Covid BA.5 ‘worst variant we have seen so far’

Calling the new Covid strain the “worst variant we have seen so far”, a doctor fears the transmissibility and severity of the virus is akin to a much deadlier variant. Experts believe people who contract the BA.5 strain of Covid-19, one of the subvariants triggering a third wave of the virus in Australia, could be … Read more

South Australia records another 4,072 COVID-19 cases as Premier hits back at ‘dictatorship’ comparison

South Australia’s Premier Peter Malinauskas has laughed off an opposition accusation that his government is attempting to impose emergency COVID-19 powers more suited to a “Dark-Age dictatorship”. Key points: There are 25,911 active cases in SA They include 247 people in hospital The youngest of the six people who died was aged in his 50s … Read more