What time is the Steven Marshall press conference today with update on new SA COVID-19 cases and lockdown restrictions?
South Australian authorities are expected to announce more new COVID-19 cases on Thursday after the total number of SA’s COVID-19 cluster jumped from six to 12 cases on Wednesday.
Premier Steven Marshall says authorities will do everything they can to increase testing resources amid reports of long lines forcing some to wait for more than 10 hours.
South Australia’s authorities are expected to provide a COVID-19 update on Thursday. This article will be updated with the time as soon as it’s confirmed. Click here to watch the press conference LIVE.
Testing numbers across the state surged to 13,000 on Tuesday, which was the first day of the tough new level 5 restrictions.
Marshall said officials were “pulling every single lever possible” to increase capacity with Defence personnel, both local and interstate, to help and interstate nurses and doctors to lend further assistance.
Changes will also include the opening of a dedicated facility for those people directed to get tested and enter home quarantine and the publishing of estimated wait times for all of SA’s more than 80 testing sites.
“We don’t want people angry and frustrated with delays. We are ramping up capacity across testing sites,” the premier said.
“We’ve got one shot to stop this outbreak dead in its tracks.
“We’ve got a chance to nip this in the bud. We don’t want to have an extended lockdown in South Australia.”