Man in his 40s is in critical condition in Adelaide hospital with South African strain of coronavirusAdelaide man with South African strain of Covid-19 put into intensive careHe was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital on Saturday and moved wards SundayThe man, aged in his 40s, is one of 12 people with Covid-19 in South Australia By Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:36 EDT, 3 April 2021 | Updated: 00:05 EDT, 4 April 2021

A South Australian man believed to have the South African strain of Covid-19 is in hospital in critical condition.

The man, aged in his 40s, was placed into the intensive care unit at Royal Adelaide Hospital on Saturday. 

Acting Chief Public Health Officer Michael Cusack said the man had likely contracted the highly contagious South African strain of the virus. 

The man, aged in his 40s, was placed into the intensive care unit at Royal Adelaide Hospital on Saturday 

Acting Chief Public Health Officer Michael Cusack said the man had contracted the highly contagious South African strain of the virus

‘One person was taken from Tom’s Court [medi-hotel] to the Royal Adelaide Hospital this morning because they were unwell and are currently being assessed there,’ Dr Cusack said.

‘This is a male in his 40s we believe has the South African variant.

‘Clearly if someone is deemed unwell enough that they have to go to hospital, we have concerns for their welfare, but obviously they are in the right place.’ 

The man is one of 12 people in the state who has contracted the virus from overseas.   

South Australia Health identified on Sunday one new case in hotel quarantine.

‘Today’s case is a child who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival,’ the department said in a statement.

‘She is considered an old infection but has been added to our case numbers as she has not been diagnosed and counted overseas.’ 

More to come 

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