Several new state-run sites have opened across South Australia, providing rapid antigen testing to those in need.

The state recorded 3,777 new cases of COVID infections on Thursday, while 290 patients remain hospitalized.

First Steven Marshall said the RAT collection points will reduce the difficulty for residents who cannot travel to receive a DIY or PCR test.

“We receive about 200,000 RAT tests every day, and the state now has 1.4 million in stock,” said Marshal.

Marshall also confirmed that an order for an additional 5 million DIY test kits had been placed.

Sites currently in operation include Port Augusta, Berri Barmera, Murray Bridge, Mount Gambier and Port Adelaide.

Residents will also be able to purchase a RAT when the sites to be Onkaparinga, Playford and Salisbury open next week.

“Providing easy access to rapid antigen tests for South Australians who are close contacts is another part of our strong plan in response to the Omicron variant.”

– Steven Marshall, Prime Minister

“These three new metro sites, which complement the South Parklands supersite and our many regional sites, will help keep South Australians safe and our economy strong.”

On Wednesday, South Australia aligned with Victoria and New South Wales, increasing the interval for booster shots from four months to three.

South Australia recorded 11 more COVID-related deaths on Thursday.

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