SA COVID cases today: South Australia’s new infections have dropped as it heads towards the peak of the Omicron outbreak

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South Australia has recorded a significant drop in new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a day after authorities warned the state is approaching the peak of its Omicron wave.

There were 4349 new cases reported on Saturday, down from the 5679 infections reported on Friday.

Watch the video above to see the difference between Omicron and Delta

Of Saturday’s cases, 3107 cases were reported via PCR with 1242 coming from positive RAT results.

There are 236 patients in hospital, down 10 from yesterday, and 26 patients remain in ICU with seven requiring a ventilator.

SA Health also reported the deaths of four more people in South Australia.

COVID modelling

Premier Steven Marshall on Friday said the spike in new infections over the coming days should be viewed with a “degree of caution” given the inclusion of RAT results and because some PCR tests were delayed because of hot weather.

Mr Marshall said “alarmingly accurate” modelling reveals SA will endure the peak between January 15 and 25.

There will be 6000 to 10,000 cases during that peak, Mr Marshall said.

A COVID-19 testing station in Hindmarsh, Adelaide. File image. Credit: Morgan Sette/AAP

There will be a requirement of approximately 370 hospital beds, including 50 ICU places, during the peak.

The premier said the state has a capacity for “significantly more” than those numbers.

“The modelling provides for the peak to be reached as early as tomorrow. I think we’re very close,” Mr Marshall said.

“We’ve still got a couple of pretty tough days and weeks in front of us, but I think we can now look to the other side with great hope.”

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