ABS figures released yesterday were more than tripled from South Australia’s arrivals of 1260 in September, up 12.4% in August, and 290 and 380 in June and July. Is shown.
This is in line with last month’s capacity increase at the state’s Medi Hotel, with another hotel joining in to increase capacity to 500-800 per week.
Of these, 600 are reserved for international arrivals, from the previous 240 to 100 for domestic arrivals from high-risk areas, and another 100 for outbreaks in the community.
Yesterday’s three new coronavirus cases increased the number of new infections in the state to 12 this month, the highest since August when 13 cases were recorded.
However, all infections have occurred to international travelers included in the hotel quarantine, and SA Health states that it does not pose a serious threat to the community.
Three women in their 20s, 30s, and 60s who recently returned from abroad on the same flight returned positive results in the quarantine test on the first day.
A state government spokesperson said the government is still considering options to further enhance the hotel’s quarantine capacity.
They said SA Health’s public health team has signaled three international airlines to increase the number of passengers on flights arriving in Adelaide.
“Returning Australians often come from jurisdictions with infection rates higher than those achieved by South Australia through a strong response to the pandemic,” said a spokesman.
“Arrival is quarantined in a way that is a negligible risk to the community.”
“We are committed to bringing these people home to family, friends and communities in a controlled way that does not endanger public safety.”
Six new infections were reported last week and 12 new infections so far this month. This is slightly below the August figure, the highest month for new infections in SA since the virus peaked in April.
Currently, SA has six active cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 479.
A bigger concern for the state is the increasing number of locally acquired cases in New South Wales, which has an open border with South Australia.
NSW reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, 11 of which were locally infected. Six more locally acquired cases were reported this morning.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Beregi Klein said New South Wales had reached the same turning point as in July after the Crossroads Hotel Cluster, and new numbers warned among state leaders. It was.
A spokesperson for the SA government said Chief Health Officer Professor Nicholas Prie “has a great deal of cooperation with his New South Wales counterparts.”
“We will continue to monitor the situation in New South Wales,” said a spokesman.
“Our focus is on keeping people in SA safe, and we respond quickly to health advice, as we have done throughout this pandemic.”
After the state’s severe border blockade, South Australia did not arrive abroad in May, with 700 returning before it was confirmed in April.
According to ABS figures, the September figures for SA show a significant increase in August, but are only a small part of the arrival of 54,000 foreigners to the state in September 2019.
New South Wales continues to dominate the arrivals with 10,090 landings last month, while Victoria has only 120 people from abroad since the end of June.
Queensland and Western Australia have consistently accepted 2,000 to 3,000 people a month from abroad since the beginning of July.
Overall, Australia received 16,700 international arrivals in September, of which 8,900 were Australian citizens, 2,700 permanent residents and 2,900 temporary visa holders.
For non-Australians, the top five destinations were New Zealand, the United Kingdom, China, India and the United States.
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