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South Australia virus cases rise, five more deaths

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South Australia has reported another rise in COVID-19 cases with 2307 new infections and five more deaths.

SA Health says a man and a woman in their 40s, a woman in her 60s, and two men in their 70s and 80s have passed away after contracting the virus.

The SA toll has now climbed to 186 since the start of the pandemic.

There are 104 people in hospital, including nine people in intensive care, with one person a ventilator.

Active cases stand at 18,150.

Thursday’s case numbers were the third day in a row of rising infections after falls the previous five days and could have an impact on the lifting of further local restrictions next week.

At the same time, Premier Steven Marshall continued to hail the state’s performance during the pandemic.

“We have kept our state safe and that’s kept our economy strong,” Mr Marshall told reporters.

“Our statistics, in terms of dealing with the pandemic, can be put up very favourably against any state, any jurisdiction right around the world.”

– AAP

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