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SA Premier isolating as daughter tests positive for COVID-19

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has confirmed he is currently isolated awaiting the results of a PCR test after his daughter received a positive test earlier today.

Steven Marshall is considered a close contact of his daughter who recieved a positive PCR test. (AAP Image/Morgan Sette)

The Premier took to social media at just before 6 pm this evening to confirm he had dinner with his daughter on Thursday and is therefore considered a close contact.

Mr Marshall said he is feeling well and is not showing any symptoms.

"I have gone straight to get a PCR test at one of our many testing sites and will undertake my 7-day isolation period, as so many South Australians are also doing," Mr Marshall said.

Earlier in the day, the Premier was at his daily press conference with South Australia recording 4274 new COVID-19 cases, a 13 per cent rise on the previous day and amid a 20 per cent rise in testing.

Sadly, 5 people were confirmed to have died with COVID while hospitalisations rose to 164, with 16 of those in intensive care. About 80 per cent of ICU patients are unvaccinated, despite the unvaccinated making up only 7.3 per cent of the population.

Two more health workers tested positive. Some 608 health workers are either positive or in isolation due to being a close contact, from a workforce of 53,000.

"That number is steadily increasing and something we're very concerned about," Premier Steven Marshall told reporters on Saturday.

The five deaths included a person aged in their 50s and another in their 60s.


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