Covid-19 Update 12 March 2020

Three people in South Australia have today tested positive for COVID-19. There have now been 12 confirmed cases in South Australia in total.

Of the three newly confirmed cases:

  • one is a male in his 60s who recently returned from Europe, including Italy, Spain and France
  • one is a female in her 50s who recently returned from Europe, including Italy, Spain and France
  • one is a female in her 40s, more details will provided when they become available

Recent COVID – 19 cases in South Australia have been identified as being on the following flights:

  • Qatar Airways flight QR914 from Doha to Adelaide, arrived 5/03/20
  • Singapore Airlines flight SQ919 from Manilla to Singapore, arrived 8/03/20
  • Singapore Airlines flight SQ279 from Singapore to Adelaide, arrived 8/03/2020
  • Etihad Airways flight EY84 from Rome to Abu Dhabi, arrived 8/3/2020
  • Etihad Airways flight EY450 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, arrived 9/3/2020
  • Virgin Australia flight VA418 from Sydney to Adelaide, arrived 10/03/2020

Two cases were identified through testing undertaken at the Royal Adelaide Hospital COVID-19 clinic, and one was identified through testing at the Repat drive-through clinic.

More than 800 people have been tested for COVID-19 at the five metropolitan testing sites since their opening. These sites include Royal Adelaide Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and SA Pathology’s drive- through collection service at the Repat.

There is no change in the condition of the four previous cases who remain in hospital.

Flight details of previously confirmed cases are available on the SA Health website.

People who have travelled anywhere overseas in the past 14 days and have COVID-19 symptoms should seek testing at an official COVID-19 clinic, or alternatively contact their GP, and must self-isolate while awaiting test result.

Importantly, people should call ahead if visiting their GP so the practice can prepare for their visit.

Background

COVID-19 can cause mild symptoms which may include fever, sore throat, cough or fatigue. For some people, it can be more severe and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties and can even be fatal.

Specialised COVID-19 clinics are only for people who have symptoms and have recently returned from overseas, or have had contact with a known COVID-19 case.

Travel bans are in place for certain countries. Visit smarttraveller.gov.au for the latest advice.

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