Covid-19 Australia: South Australian health website crashes as state records first cases of Covid


The South Australian health website has crashed as the state reports 19 new cases of Covid-19 after opening up borders to other Australian states.

SA residents desperate to check for new exposure sites have been left in the dark after the official website crashed and simply advised people to ‘try again later’.  

The worrying outbreak is the first string of cases in the state since SA reopened its borders to vaccinated travellers on November 23. 

The worrying outbreak is the first string of cases in the state since SA reopened its borders to vaccinated travellers on November 23 (pictured, pedestrians in Adelaide)

The South Australian health website has crashed as the state reported 19 new cases of Covid-19 after opening up borders to other states (pictured, a testing station in Hindmarsh)

The South Australian health website has crashed as the state reported 19 new cases of Covid-19 after opening up borders to other states (pictured, a testing station in Hindmarsh)

Since SA reopened for interstate travel, the state has recorded 31 cases with 27 still active, but none have needed to be hospitalised. 

Western Australia has slammed its doors shut to the state and upgraded its status to ‘medium’ Covid risk. 

The new infections have forced both the state’s new governor and the opposition leader into isolation after they attended a 40-year school reunion. 

Governor Frances Adamson, Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas and his deputy Susan Close have isolate for seven days, despite testing negative. 

Former SA Premier Jay Weatherill, 57, has also tested positive to the virus. While feeling extremely unwell, the former leader has not required hospital care. 

Of the new cases, 16 have been traced back to the party, which was held at Theatre Bugs in Adelaide’s city centre on November 27. 

Laboratory tests are still underway to determine if the school reunion infections are the new Omicron variant.  

Former SA Premier Mr Weatherill (pictured) is now 'so sick he can't talk' but he is not in need of hospital care

Former SA Premier Mr Weatherill (pictured) is now ‘so sick he can’t talk’ but he is not in need of hospital care

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (picture) on Thursday said the source of the infection still remains unknown

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (picture) on Thursday said the source of the infection still remains unknown

All of the cases who attended the Norwood event were fully vaccinated and none have been hospitalised at this stage. 

State health officials suspect an interstate traveller at the function was the source of the infection, who has then spread it to the rest of the group. 

However, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier, said the source of the infection still remains unknown.  

‘We can make an assumption that it is probably [linked to] somebody from interstate but because we’ve had our borders open since the 23rd, it could be somebody locally,’ she said on Thursday. 

She reassured residents to remain calm as the state moves away from its Covid elimination strategy and learns to live alongside the virus. 

‘In the past, we would have put huge numbers of people into quarantine and we would have listed public exposure sites,’ she said.

State health officials suspect an interstate traveller at the school reunion was the source of the infection, who has then spread it to the rest of the group (pictured, pedestrians in Adelaide)

State health officials suspect an interstate traveller at the school reunion was the source of the infection, who has then spread it to the rest of the group (pictured, pedestrians in Adelaide)

South Australians have been urged to remain calm as the state moves away from its Covid elimination strategy and learns to live alongside the virus (pictured, a testing site in Adelaide)

South Australians have been urged to remain calm as the state moves away from its Covid elimination strategy and learns to live alongside the virus (pictured, a testing site in Adelaide)

‘But we are in a different phase now that we’ve got a high number of people vaccinated.’

The Trinity Medical Centre waiting room at Port Adelaide has been listed as a close contact exposure site for two hours on Tuesday afternoon.

Unvaccinated visitors who attended the site at the listed times have been ordered to isolate for 14 days, and vaccinated contacts for seven days. 

SA Health tweeted on Friday that new Covid-19 exposure locations had been listed in Blanchetown, Gawler East and Marion. 

Other sites include a theatre venue in suburban Norwood, a seafood restaurant, a cafe in Adelaide’s CBD and the Business SA headquarters in Unley. 

SA Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) said he has no plans to slam his state's borders shut

SA Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) said he has no plans to slam his state’s borders shut

The health department encouraged residents to book a first or second jab at a mobile vaccination clinic with appointments available in metro and regional SA. 

Meanwhile, Premier Steven Marshall said he has no plans to slam his borders shut.

‘The reality is you can’t keep Delta out indefinitely,’ he said. ‘The cases were inevitable, and now we are responding.’

More to come.  

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