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774 new cases as 17 people hospitalised in SA



There are now 17 people in hospital with Covid in South Australia as cases surged to a record 774 on Boxing Day.“We are increasingly concerned about the Omicron variant,” Premier Steven Marshall said.More than 20,000 tests were done in SA on Christmas Day and of the 774 new cases of Covid recorded – 80 per cent are the Omicron strain.“There are 17 people in hospital as of last night as of midnight last night – three of them in ICU.”As of midnight tonight, gyms to go back to 1 person seven metres.Density for indoor dining is back to 1 per four square metres and outdoor to 1 per two square metres.“We would not be doing it if we were no very concerned about the Omicron variant.”In NSW 70 more people went into hospital yesterday. Caps on home gatherings back to 10. National – 2021 – Covid Vaccination StatsCHRISTMAS DAY Covid UPDATESouth Australia recorded 634 new Covid cases on Christmas Day, with about 80 per cent of those believed to be the Omicron variant of the virus.The number is a slight decline from the 688 positive test results reported on Christmas Eve.There were also fewer tests conducted – 21,500 results contributed to the Christmas Day numbers, while 23,500 results were included on Christmas Eve.SA Health published a list of 18 new exposure sites on Saturday evening, including CBD clubs Fat Controller and The Dog and Duck, as well as the Woolshed on Hindley, Hains and Co and the West Oak Hotel and other suburb spots.However, several of the sites were listed at times longer than a week ago, meaning the isolation period for close contacts would already be over.Saturday’s results revealed a surge in hospitalisations, with 12 patients now hospitalised, two in intensive care and one ventilated.Of the 12, four are fully vaccinated, one is partly-vaccinated and seven are unvaccinated.The ventilated patient is a person in their thirties.Overall, the Christmas Day cases include 269 vaccinated people and 40 unvaccinated people, while the vaccination status of the remainder is unknown.SA Exposure Sites

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