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

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South Australia’s health website crashed as the state reports 19 new cases of Covid-19 after borders opened to other Australian states.

South African residents desperate to find new exhibition sites were left in the dark after the official site crashed and simply advised people to “try again later”.

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

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

South Australia's health website crashed as the state reported 19 new cases of Covid-19 after borders opened to other states (pictured, a testing station in Hindmarsh )

South Australia’s health website crashed as the state reported 19 new cases of Covid-19 after borders opened to other states (pictured, a testing station in Hindmarsh )

Since the SA reopened for interstate travel, the state has recorded 31 cases, 27 of which are still active, but none have required hospitalization.

Western Australia has slammed its doors on the state and improved its ‘average’ Covid risk status.

The new infections forced both the new state governor and the opposition leader to self-isolate after attending a 40-year school reunion.

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

Former South African Prime Minister Jay Weatherill, 57, has also tested positive for the virus. Although feeling extremely unwell, the former leader did not require hospital treatment.

Of the new cases, 16 were attributed to the party, which was held at the Theater Bugs in downtown Adelaide on November 27.

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

Former South African Prime Minister Mr Weatherill (pictured) is now 'so sick he can't speak' but does not need hospital treatment

Former South African Prime Minister Mr Weatherill (pictured) is now ‘so sick he can’t speak’ but does not need hospital treatment

Chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured) said on Thursday the source of the infection remained unknown

Chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured) said on Thursday the source of the infection remained unknown

All of the cases that attended the Norwood event were fully vaccinated and none have been hospitalized at this point.

State health officials suspect that an interstate traveler to the function was the source of the infection, which then spread it to the rest of the group.

However, chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said the source of the infection was still unknown.

“We can hypothesize that it is probably [linked to] someone from one state to another, but because our borders have been open since the 23rd, it could be someone there, ”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 quarantined a lot of people and listed public exhibition sites,” she said.

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

State health officials suspect that an interstate traveler at the school reunion was the source of the infection, which 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 test 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 test site in Adelaide)

“But we are in a different phase now that we have a large number of people vaccinated.”

The waiting room at Trinity Medical Center in Port Adelaide was listed as a close contact exhibition site for two hours on Tuesday afternoon.

Unvaccinated visitors who visited the site at the indicated times were ordered to self-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 venues include a theater in the suburb of Norwood, a seafood restaurant, a cafe in the Adelaide CBD, and the Business SA headquarters in Unley.

South Australia Governor Frances Adamson (pictured) was forced into self-isolation for seven days because she is in close contact with someone who attended the event in Norwood

South Australia Governor Frances Adamson (pictured) was forced into self-isolation for seven days because she is in close contact with someone who attended the event in Norwood

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

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

The health service encouraged residents to book a first or second vaccine at a mobile vaccination clinic with appointments available in metropolitan and regional areas in South Africa.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Steven Marshall has said he has no plans to close his borders.

“The reality is, you can’t keep Delta from coming in indefinitely,” he said. “Cases were inevitable, and now we are responding. ”

Under current arrangements, the SA is open to vaccinated travelers from all states and territories, with certain testing and quarantine requirements.

International arrivals are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their origin.


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