COVID-19 testing in NSW for anyone to start soon

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A further sign that strict quarantine measures may soon be relaxed? 

The state could soon give coronavirus tests to anyone who wants them as NSW Health increases its testing capacity and efficiently. 

Currently, NSW only offers tests to close contacts of confirmed cases, people with obvious coronavirus symptoms and community testing in identified ‘hotspots’. 

NSW’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has met with private pathology labs to learn if the states has enough equipment to deliver blanket testing. 

“If we have enough testing kits and swabs and collection points, we will be announcing testing is open to anyone with symptoms who wants a COVID test,” she said. 

Greg Granger, the director of Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital’s pathology service SydPath, said it was inevitable that everyone in the city would eventually be tested. 

“It can get away from us at any time,” he said. 

“Everyone in Sydney will eventually be tested and retested and probably retested again.” 

NSW currently has around 4,000 to 5,000 people being tested daily with some labs now delivering results in 24 hours. 


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