Prime Minister Stephen Marshall said 1,747 of the new cases were positive rapid antigen test results.
Six people died after testing positive for the virus.
There are now 246 people in hospital and 20 people in the intensive care unit with eight people on ventilators in South Australia.
“So it’s a reduction in ICU, one increase in ventilator, but also one increase in hospitalization,” Marshall said.
Mr Marshall said there was a need for “caution” when interpreting today’s case numbers.
“We were told by SA Pathology that because the day before we were getting samples later, until midnight because we were closed due to hot weather between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., that means that many of the samples that were reported Today they are samples from two days ago, not yesterday.”
“It will likely be lumpy the next day or so.”
Omicron’s peak will be reached as soon as tomorrow
Modeling revealed the peak of the Omicron variant in the state yet to come.
“Now tell us from the model we saw today on the COVID-Ready panel that the peak in South Australia will be between the 15th and 25th of this month,” said Mr. Marshall.
“The range in terms of that peak would be between 6000 and 10,000 cases per day.”
The peak will also see requirements for 370 hospital beds and 50 intensive care unit beds.
The case was originally expected to reach between 30,000 and 40,000 cases per day by the third and fourth weeks of January.
Intermittent back to school
Mr. Marshall announced that there will be a surprise return to school for the first semester of this year.
Schools will open from January 31 and classes will start from February 2.
“They will start online for some students and face to face for others,” he said.
Preschool, Reception, Year 1, Year 7, Year 8 and Year 12 will return to face-to-face learning from February 2nd and the remaining groups of the year will start studying online.
From February 14th, the remaining groups of the year will return to face-to-face learning.
“I don’t like doing that,” said Mr. Marshall. “I would much rather have every student come back on the 31st of January.”
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