Everyone in Sydney could eventually be tested for coronavirus as the fight against the deadly bug ramps up across Australia.
NSW Health is looking into expanding testing to those even with the mildest symptoms in a bid to further flatten the curve of the deadly virus.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant is expected to meet with private pathology providers to ensure NSW is capable of a major testing blitz.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant is expected to meet with private pathology providers to ensure NSW is capable of a major testing haul
Australians visit the drive thru pop up testing centre in Bondi after it was declared a hotspot
‘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 told The Sydney Morning Herald.
NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Jeremy McAnulty said testing will be expanded in the near future to ‘suppress it as much as possible’.
Testing in the state had recently been broadened to suburbs declared hotspots by the health department, but could soon be widened further.
Greg Granger, from St Vincent’s pathology service SydPath, believes it is ‘inevitable’ every Sydneysider will be tested.
‘There is an inevitability with any virus… Everyone in Sydney will eventually be tested and re-tested and probably re-tested again,’ he said.
Health care worker wearing protective mask on Macquarie Street, Sydney due to COVID 19 Coronavirus outbreak on April 21
Health care workers test residents at the new Bondi pop up testing centre on April 21
Australia recorded just 22 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, but the Government insisted they would leave the easing of restrictions to medical experts.
Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since March 9 on Monday, and only five new cases as of Tuesday.
In New South Wales – the hardest hit state with a total of 2,969 infections – there were only six new cases diagnosed on Monday and 22 on Tuesday.
Victoria recorded seven new cases, while Western Australia and Tasmania each reported one case, and two new cases in South Australia. The Northern Territory hasn’t reported a new case in 10 days.
There have been 72 coronavirus deaths across the nation, but of the 6,645 total cases recorded, 4,695 have recovered.