New cases top 11,000 nationwide amid stoush over ‘tourism testing’ – as it happened

Posted by on December 28, 2021 2:47 am
Categories: Global Stories

Daily cases in Australia top 11,000 for first time; more positive cases after Sydney lab testing error; ‘sacred’ SCG Ashes Test to go ahead, NSW minister says; Queensland reports 1,158 cases, scraps day five testing requirement after Brad Hazzard criticises ‘tourism testing’. This blog is now closed

More footage of those queues – this one in Sydney. Yikes. A big thank you to everyone involved for their patience …

Back on those testing queues, waiting times for results and calls for more rapid antigen testing.

Of the people AAP spoke to, around half were from interstate and were required to take a PCR test. Car batteries were going flat in the line and people, including the elderly, were forced to wait for hours in hot vehicles.

The numbers appear to correlate with people lining up in the ACT to get tested, with the territory’s health minister saying anecdotal evidence from testing teams pointed to half of all swabs being for people getting tested to travel.

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