SA to discuss lifting more restrictions

South Australia’s COVID-Ready committee will meet this morning to discuss whether to further ease the state’s restrictions, with emergency coordinator Grant Stevens previously saying mask-wearing and close contact quarantine rules would be on the agenda.

It comes after authorities scrapped all density limits and lifted bans on dancing, singing and some QR codes on Saturday morning in a move welcomed by the business community.

Stevens told reporters on Thursday that the COVID-Ready committee would meet this week to discuss easing mask-wearing requirements inside public venues, as well as the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for close contacts of positive cases.

The committee is due to meet this morning to discuss whether to proceed with changes.

National cabinet on Friday moved to scrap quarantine requirements for all COVID-19 close contacts as soon as possible.

Australian leaders also agreed to a transition away from PCR testing for healthy people with mild respiratory illnesses, and instead promote voluntary self-isolation for this group while symptomatic.

Both moves are being reviewed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

South Australia reported 2099 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, with 113 people in hospital.

Ten of those people are receiving intensive care while one person is on a ventilator.

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