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South Australia has recorded no new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row.

South Australia has recorded no new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row.

It brings the total number of cases in SA to 438. The number of people recovered is at 402, or 92 per cent of cases.

Of the 32 active cases, four are still in hospital. Two are in the intensive care unit – a 68 year old male and a 75 year old male.

There have been 51,000 tests done since February.

South Australia’s two week testing blitz, where anyone showing signs of fever, chills or signs of respiratory infection could be tested, ends on Thursday.

But Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Michael Cusack said expanding testing, including to asymptomatic people, was on the agenda.

“In terms of us maintaining confidence in terms of what the levels of virus are in the community we certainly do need to maintain a high rate of testing,” he said.

“Only a week or two ago we were saying that while we were seeing no or very few cases these were based on a relatively small number of tests so we are keen to increase that.

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“In terms of gaining further assurance and also information as to whether we do have asymptomatic pockets of the virus in the community, we do plan to test groups of asymptomatic individuals and the nature of those groups are in discussion at the moment.”

Dr Cusack said if an AFL Hub was set up SA there would need to be planning to ensure risks were not introduced into the state.

“We are trying to return to a normal life, if that is possible in the era of the coronavirus, so obviously there would need to be detailed planning,” he said.

Despite some large crowds at SA’s beaches yesterday, Dr Cusack said he was confident that people were generally still adhering to social distancing.

“If you walk around the city, you certainly see far fewer people out and about,” he said.

“I think people are doing the right thing. We’ve made the case for why we should do the right thing … I think people have heeded those messages.”

Dr Cusack said with no or few cases each day, it was important to continue to press the message of why social distancing was so important.

“I think if people understand why they’re being asked to behave in a certain way or comply with certain directions then I think it’s much easier for them to do so,” he said.

“What we’ve seen from other countries where maybe that messaging has been less clear, that’s perhaps where we see less compliance and then unfortunately the very serious effects that the virus can have on those communities.”

Premier Steven Marshall also believes South Australians are generally doing a good job of following social distancing principles.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the behavior we have here in SA. We’ve probably got the best compliance in the nation with the least restrictions,” he said.



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