South Australia is one of the safest places in the world when it comes to COVID-19, according to new research.

The new data compares our state and city to other similarly-sized regions across the globe and finds that SA has been successful in insulating itself from the virus.

Experts say that while SA Health should be commended in its handling of the virus, there are other factors in the state’s success.

Adelaide’s relatively low housing density and its abundance of open spaces have also contributed to protecting South Australians from the virus’s spread.

The success of Adelaide’s handling of the virus is starkest when compared to other cities of a similar size.

Belgian capital Brussels with its population of 1.2 million has seen over 35,000 cases of the virus and 1,600 deaths.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, South Australia with a population of 1.75 million has had fewer than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four deaths.

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South Australia recorded four new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, all of which had recently returned from overseas and are currently in hotel quarantine.

The state now has 12 confirmed, active cases of the virus.