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A previously mothballed South Australian hospital will receive a new $1.9 million CT scanner and oxygen tank as part of the state government’s plan to use it to treat coronavirus patients.

The former Wakefield Hospital has also recently been upgraded with 70 beds with another 65 to be fitted next week.

Premier Steven Marshall said bolstering the state’s hospital capacity was at the centre of the government’s response to prepare SA for what might eventuate.

“We are focused on preparing our health system for the challenges that may lie ahead during this global crisis,” he said.

On Thursday, the government also brought forward an expansion of the Flinders Medical Centre emergency department to provide an extra 30 treatment spaces.