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Two more COVID deaths but hospital cases drop

Two more people have died in South Australia after testing positive for COVID-19 as the state today recorded 2762 new cases.

Today’s daily caseload is a slight increase from yesterday, but the number of people with COVID-19 in hospital has decreased from 223 to 212, with 10 in intensive care.

The majority of those in hospital – 118 – have received three or more vaccine doses, while 85 patients are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

In a statement this afternoon, SA Health said two women aged in their 80s and 90s had died after testing COVID-positive.

It said the BA.2 Omicron subvariant is still the most common variant in South Australia, with the strain identified in 80.7 per cent of genome samples collected between June 1 and 13.

Earlier this week, chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier warned daily COVID cases were forecast to double under a new peak expected to hit South Australia in mid-July.

She said modelling by the University of Adelaide showed daily cases peaking at around 4-5000 by July 12, spurred by the new BA.5 Omicron subvariant.

Testing has picked up slightly in South Australia, with 8763 people receiving a PCR test yesterday – a 7.2 per cent increase on the previous 24 hours.

Of the test results returned yesterday, 1493 PCR tests were positive, while 1269 positive rapid antigen test results were reported.

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