South Australia Covid cases: State records 2100 new infections

South Australia records 2100 new Covid cases as hospitalisations jump from 40 to 71 – but the state still only has four patients in ICU

South Australia has reported 2100 new Covid cases with hospitalisations jumping from 40 to 71.

Just four Covid patients are in the intensive care ward.

The virus is also appearing in vulnerable communities and prisons.

Premier Steven Marshall said a worker at the Port Augusta sobering-up clinic was found to have the virus after increased detections in waste water.

Three residents at the clinic have also turned positive.

‘All of those people will be designated as close contacts. We believe there could be between 30 and 50,’ Mr Marshall told reporters on Saturday.

‘We’re rushing to try to get that very vulnerable community into the appropriate setting so that we can continue to care for them.’

Thirty-six inmates at three prisons – Mobilong, Adelaide Women’s and Adelaide Pre-Release – have the virus.

‘We are putting plans in place to make sure we can manage this in the best-practice way,’ Mr Marshall said.

The state processed 23,790 tests on Friday.