The Royal Adelaide Hospital is now clear of patients being treated for COVID-19, with only 14 known, active virus cases in the state.

South Australia has now recorded 8 consecutive days with no new, confirmed virus cases, leading Premier Steven Marshall to start talking about elimination instead of just suppression of the virus.

“Two weeks ago, we looked at three different models: elimination, suppression and control and we said that we would be going for suppression,” Premier Marshall told The Advertiser.

“Having said that, several jurisdictions are heading towards elimination, including South Australia. It is quite possible now that we could eliminate this coronavirus in South Australia.”

The remaining patient in intensive care, a 68-year-old man has been transferred out of the unit, but remains in hospital.

Premier Marshall pointed to the state’s comprehensive testing regime as the main reason for the success in containing the virus in SA.

SA continues to record the country’s highest testing rate per capita.

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The testing included a two-week testing “blitz” which saw just over 19,000 tests undertaken, with over 52,000 people tested since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

Testing parameters will now be expanded again, with GPs told to provide tests to any patient reporting that they had suddenly lost their sense of taste and smell.