Infections soar across NSW as new testing campaign kicks off

NSW cases continue to climb with 35,054 new infections reported on Wednesday and sadly eight Covid-related deaths.

Nearly one in three people returned positive results from 108,844 swabs collected on Tuesday as people lined up in queues at testing sites.

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There are currently 1,491 people in hospital, including 119 in intensive care.

The rapid rise in hospitalizations continues to gather momentum, with reported admissions more than doubling from 625 Covid patients a week ago today.

In New South Wales, more than 93% of people aged over 16 are now fully vaccinated, while 95% have received their first dose.

Meanwhile, notice boards and mobile phone alerts were rolled out this morning in a bid to clarify new testing rules after a series of confusing messages left people unsure what to do To do.

Additionally, NSW residents must continue to check in at high-risk locations despite QR codes and the Check-in app no ​​longer being used to identify close and casual contacts of positive Covid cases.

Places that still require people to register include hospitality, retail, events, hospitals, and high-risk locations.

Users will continue to be alerted when they have been near a positive case, telling them to “watch for symptoms”.

Authorities are urging people to only get tested if they have symptoms or if health authorities have advised them to do so.

However, state testing clinics continue to come under “enormous pressure” as Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues to face increasing pressure to make rapid antigen tests more affordable and widely available.

Professor Sharon Lewin, the director of the Doherty Institute agrees with popular views that people shouldn’t have to pay for a rapid antigen tis.

“We have now started to rely heavily on antigen testing, which I think makes sense when we have such large numbers, and the shortage of antigen testing is a real problem at the moment, and I also think that access to these tests should really be free,” she told ABC TV’s 7:30 show.

“So if we rely on antigen testing, and I think we can do some really innovative things with antigen testing and it can even give us extra freedoms in certain situations, it really needs to be widely available and free.”

– Prof. Lewin

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