South Australia records 2,307 new cases and five COVID-related deaths

South Australia has reported another five COVID-related deaths, and 2,307 new cases.

The deaths include a man and a woman in their 40s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 90s.

There are 104 people in hospital with the virus, including nine in intensive care. One person is on a fan.

Today’s numbers are up by 232 compared to the 2,075 new cases yesterday, which was the highest since Australia Day.

There are now 18,150 active cases in the state.

The state president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) today said there had been an increase in people in their 20s testing positive.

According to SA Health figures, almost 6,000 people in the age group caught COVID-19 from February 7 until yesterday, out of 36,610 overall.

Dr Michelle Atchison said the spike could be related to students returning to university and large crowd gatherings at the Adelaide Fringe festival.

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AMA state president Dr Michelle Atchison says the spike could be related to people in their 20s going to the Adelaide Fringe and university. ABC News: Lincoln Rothall

But she said the spike had not put pressure on the state’s health system.

“Thankfully, we’re not seeing it translate through to an increase in hospital numbers,” Dr Atchison said.

But she added that it often takes “a week or so” for a surge in cases to impact the hospital system.

Today’s figures include the highest number of deaths reported on a single day since February 10, when seven were recorded.

The number of active cases is also at its highest since February 3.

Meanwhile, the Department for Education said 2.3 per cent of public school students have COVID-19 or are close contacts, along with 454 teachers and other staff.

More to come.

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