ADELAIDE, South Australia – The new CVOID-19 cases recorded in South Australia dropped significantly in the last 24 hours.
Stever Marshall, the premier of South Australia, feels encouraged about the considerable drop if new positive coronavirus cases in the state. From the recent reports, there are only six new cases diagnosed with positive coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This latest figure is considerably lower than the recorded cases in the previous days.
The majority of the positive COVID-19 cases in South Australia stays to be those from cruise ships. Three out of the six new coronavirus cases in the state links back to the Ruby Princess cruise. The ship arrived in a port in Sydney. The other two of the new cases recorded in South Australia linked to another cruise ship, which is the Oviation of the Seas.
The South Australia premier stated that the drop in new COVID-19 cases in the state shows that they are moving in a much better direction. Mr Marshall commented that South Australia remains cautiously optimistic about the state’s standing in this ongoing health crisis.
Meanwhile, health authorities are sending some warnings that despite the drop in new coronavirus cases in South Australia, it isn’t enough reason to start becoming complacent.
Dr Nicola Spurrier, the chief public health office of South Australia Health, stated that there are currently eight people who are in intensive care. She added that four out of those eight people are in critical condition right now.
Dr Spurrier noted that the coronavirus is not a disease that anybody should take lightly.
As of March 30, 3:00 pm Australia time, there are a total of 4,245 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, including the new 279 cases from the last 24 hours. Out of the total confirmed coronavirus cases, 18 people have already died due to the disease with over 226,000 tests previously conducted all over Australia.
From the total number of confirmed cases of the virus, South Australia recorded 305 total cases as of today. New South Wales remained at the top of the chart with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases at 1,918, followed by Victoria at 821, Queensland at 689, and Western Australia at 355.
The majority of confirmed virus cases in the country came from those who boarded cruise ships followed by those who had recent trips in Europe and the Americas.
Meanwhile, despite the encouraging drop in new coronavirus cases in South Australia, the state will push through with banning the sale of alcoholic drinks in cellar doors and wineries all over the country. This move came after a recorded wave of cases of the infectious disease in wine regions in the state.
There will now be a ban on alcohol and other products at specified locations in hopes to cut off the spread of the deadly virus, especially in regions in South Australia such as Barossa Valley.
The South Australia Health department issued grave warnings on Sunday after people infected by the COVID-19 visited a couple of famous restaurants and wineries in some regions in the state.
With this, those who went to the Penola’s Hollick Restaurant on March 15 around 1:30 pm to 3;30 pm were to quarantine and monitor themselves.
The same thing goes for anyone who attended the Harvest Kitchen restaurant and the Calabria Family Wines on March 14 between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
People who went to the Barn Steakhouse, on March 15 between 7:30 pm and onwards, which is in Mount Gambier received an advise to monitor for the symptoms of the virus.
And while there is a ban on the public sale of alcoholic drinks and food tastings in cellar doors, restaurants, and wineries, the sale of alcohol from commercial wineries to supermarkets are allowed. According to Grant Stevens, the Police Commissioner, anyone caught breaching the regulation will have to pay a penalty of up to $1000.
Although the ban which came in effect on Monday night, could disrupt a lot of businesses in the regions, industry leaders recognized the need for the regulation. According to Brian Smedley of the Wine Industry Association, the group acknowledges the need for changes, and they have to play their significant roles to help stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Kerry Treuel, the executive officer of Adelaide Hills Wine Region, also commented on the matter. She stated that the access for cellar doors to sell wine and other products for takeaway was only a small part in some of the businesses.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the South Australia government revealed that it would not follow the two-person social distancing rules that most of its eastern counterparts are already imposing. Mr Stevens said that while the social distancing regulations stayed as a considerable recommendation, the state will forgo enforcing the same rule at this time.
Right now, South Australia is primarily focusing on its regulations, including the limit that it’s imposing on gatherings. These events limits participant to 10 people only and those who are breaking the rule will face massive fines.
Schools have also stayed open in South Australia. However, the state’s premier recognizes that most parents will be anxious and will most likely take their children out of schools, which will allow for expanded social distancing. The state, including others such as the Northern Territory, Queensland, and Westerns Australia, already closed their borders to a specific degree to help curb the spreading of the virus.
A retirement village operator in South Australia also took grave measures against the spread of the coronavirus. They now require all residents and visitors entering the premises to register.
Jeff Kendrew, the interim chief executive of Aveo, sent a written statement to the residents of the retirement village. He advised them along with their visitors who are entering the compound from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm that there will be further inspection and health questions when they come to the properties.
Aveo is also considering doing regular temperature checks to all its residents from the 12 retirement villages they have in South Australia. Based on his letter, Mr Kendrew also stated that if residents or visitors could be potential risks, they will not gain access to enter the properties to help curb the increasing COVID-19 cases.