Toddler in hospital in Adelaide with Covid

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A two-year-old girl who arrived in South Australia from overseas is currently in hospital and is "quite unwell" with Covid-19.

The state's Chief Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, confirmed the toddler is the only new Covid-19 case in South Australia at a press conference on Thursday.

"This little bub is quite unwell and has been taken to the Women's and Children's Hospital," Professor Spurrier said.

"The family have tested negative at this stage." 

A twi-year-old boy has been taken to Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. Source: AAP
A two-year-old boy has been taken to Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. Source: AAP

Prof Spurrier said the child was not wearing a face mask on the flight back to Australia, as no child under the age of 12 is required to wear one.

"We're just a little bit more anxious about that particular flight and as a result we will be implementing additional testing for anyone else who was on that flight, and they will be having a day three test as well," she added.

"My thoughts are with this family today, it’s not nice having a little one, only [aged] two, very unwell."

A man in his 60s whose case was reported on Wednesday was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital and is in a stable condition. On Tuesday, six new Covid cases were identified in the state.

SA to roll out vaccine to aged care workers

South Australia will begin vaccinating aged care workers against coronavirus amid concerns about the Commonwealth's rollout.

The federal government is responsible for administering the vaccine in aged care but this week admitted it had no idea how many staff had received jabs.

Premier Steven Marshall says anyone working in residential facilities in SA will now be able to access the Pfizer jab at mass vaccination hubs.

Aged care workers in South Australia will be vaccinated against Covid-19. Source: AAP Image
Aged care workers in South Australia will be vaccinated against Covid-19. Source: AAP Image

"At the moment, the percentage of aged care workers that are fully vaccinated is way too low," he told reporters on Thursday.

"That's why we're using some of our capacity within the state system to get as many people in that vulnerable setting as protected as they possibly can, as quickly as they can."

Asked whether the state might also step in to vaccinate aged care residents, Mr Marshall said SA Health would do whatever it takes to keep people safe.

"Where we've got excess capacity, we don't care whose responsibility it is, we're just going to do whatever we can to protect South Australia," he said.

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