Free RATs to be provided and PCR testing to end as South Australia closes in on peak of COVID-19 wave

Half a million COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs) will be handed out in South Australia over the next five weeks, ahead of drive-through PCR testing sites closing in January. key points: The increase in COVID-19 case numbers has slowed down Free RATs will be available until the end of the year Free PCR testing at … Read more

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

Carnival Cruises makes masks mandatory: Australia reacts to new Covid wave

Carnival Cruises has reintroduced mandatory mask wearing on-board its ships following a spike in Covid cases. A statement said masks were back “out of an abundance of caution.” They will be required in public indoor spaces, outdoors when in large groups where physical distancing cannot be maintained and during the entire embarkation and debarkation process. … 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

Pfizer, AstraZeneca: Officials claimed Covid vaccines would stop transmission

No, you’re not crazy. Yes, they claimed the vaccines would prevent transmission. One of the most bizarre lies being told this week in response to Pfizer executive Janine Small’s testimony to EU Parliament is that, actually, the Covid vaccines were never supposed to stop the spread of the virus. Asked by Dutch MEP Rob Roos … Read more

Mandatory COVID isolation ends today, prompting mixed views from South Australians

The removal of mandatory COVID isolation periods has been welcomed by some South Australians, but concerns for the state’s most vulnerable. Key points: The legal requirement to isolate if you have COVID-19 ends today People who test positive on a rapid antigen test will still need to report their result A new COVID-19 wave is … Read more

Newly-discovered bacterium named after SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier

South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer has joined the list of stars including Beyonce, Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger by having a newly discovered species named after them. Key points: A newly discovered species of bacteria has been named after SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier The scientists who discovered it say they appreciated … Read more

New South Australian COVID-19 modelling shows next wave of cases coming in November

South Australia will face another COVID wave in November as immunity wanes, according to the latest modeling released by SA Health. Key points: There have been fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 each day in South Australia A new wave is expected in November The Health Minister says the modeling does not take into account any … Read more

Record number of COVID-19 patients in South Australian hospitals

COVID hospitalisations in South Australia have hit a new record as students prepare to return to school tomorrow with mask recommendations from the state’s top doctor. Key points: More than 370 COVID patients are in SA hospitals, the highest since the pandemic begins But daily COVID cases have dropped Year three and above students are … Read more

Covid cases in SA spike to new daily high of 5054

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. Covid cases have spiked to an alarming new record high of 5054 cases – with the peak still not expected for another … Read more