South Australia Records No New Coronavirus Cases For Six Days Straight
South Australia (SA) has been showing promising signs it has flattened the curve amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The state has recorded zero new positive cases for the past six days straight.
There have been 438 people contract the virus and now 96 per cent of them have recovered, according to SA's The Advertiser.
There are four patients at Royal Adelaide Hospital, with two who were listed in critical but stable conditions in the ICU department.
The encouraging numbers have resulted in the Barossa Valley region to be reopened from today and schools have been ordered to resume.
But officials aren't jumping the gun to relax social distancing rules just yet.
South Australia Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said: "While you will see some states starting to adjust the restrictions, it's worth bearing in mind that South Australia didn't regulate to the same degree."
Health authorities have also noticed that people in the state have taken the stay at home measures very seriously.
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But that has caused a worrying drop in the number of presentations to GP practices around South Australia.
Obviously going to see your local doctor about any issues is totally fine under the current rules, but there has been a 78 per cent drop in GP presentations.
South Australian public health officials are urging people not to delay seeing their GP if they have any issues.
SA Health's general practitioner liaison officer Emily Kirkpatrick said: "We have seen a significant drop in the number of presentations to GP clinics by community members.
"A recent survey of over 150 South Australian GPs this week has shown that we've seen a 78 per cent in our numbers presenting to clinics.
"We understand it's a very anxious time, the Covid-19 crisis, but we want to reassure the public that it is still safe to consult with your GP.
"We don't want you sitting at home worrying about your diabetes, or your high blood pressure, when you could consult with your GP, give them a call, have a telehealth consultation, and make sure that you're receiving the care you need during this really difficult time."
South Australia's largest cluster group of coronavirus cases came from two Barossa Valley tour groups, which infected 40 people, including 29 American tourists and 11 Swiss visitors.
Here's hoping they continue to record no new cases and find their way out of the pandemic.
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