SA on front foot with Omicron outbreak

New data released today by the Marshall Liberal Government shows South Australia’s quick response to the omicron outbreak has been the best in the country.

The data looks at the reproduction rate of cases in South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania over the past three weeks, and shows just how important SA’s Boxing Day restrictions were in slowing down the spread of Omicron.

Premier Steven Marshall said that while some restrictions have been devastating for certain sectors across the state, this data proves how necessary they have been to keep South Australians safe and to ensure our health system has not been overrun.

“As a State, we have been on the front-foot since day one of this global pandemic.”

“This new set of data shows the tough calls we made on Boxing Day were critical in slowing our infection rate to ensure our health system is not overrun.

“The data also shows how South Australia has slowed our infection rate far more quickly than other states currently facing the omicron outbreak.

“While I know these restrictions have been incredibly tough on certain sectors, putting them in place has meant we have kept control of cases here in South Australia.

“Other states didn’t put new restrictions in place until two weeks after we did here in SA, and this shows just how vital being on the front foot was ahead of New Year’s Eve.”

“We don’t want to keep a restriction in place for one day longer than we have to and will continue to monitor the omicron outbreak every single day against our ability to wind back some of our current restrictions.”

The data, which was presented to the Covid Ready Committee this week shows:

Date range

South Australia’s virus reproduction rate

Queensland’s virus reproduction rate

Tasmania’s virus reproduction rate


2.4 days

1.8 days

1.9 days


4.3 days

3.4 days

2.1 days


8.2 days

4 days

4 days

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