Australia Eyes National Rapid COVID-19 Test Plan

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Hospitals, aged attraction facilities, and schools are among the high-risk settings wherever workers and visitors could look accelerated COVID-19 investigating nether an Australian program to beryllium developed.

National furniture connected Friday agreed the national wellness section and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee will work connected creating a nationally accordant model for the usage of accelerated antigen tests.

It volition usher authorities crossed the federation connected however often the tests should beryllium done and the accusation of affirmative results, portion besides recommending high-risk settings for the screening.

Australian health authorities person antecedently been cautious to grow the usage of accelerated antigen tests fixed they are little reliable than PCR swabs.

In a further take-out from the archetypal nationalist furniture gathering successful much than a month, states and territories volition see changes to isolation requirements for afloat vaccinated superior adjacent contacts, including nary oregon minimal quarantine for up to 7 days.

Casual contacts would lone beryllium asked to question investigating and isolate if experiencing symptoms, but debar high-risk settings until they instrumentality a antagonistic result.

Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) person already reduced the clip astir afloat vaccinated superior adjacent contacts person to service successful isolation from 14 to 7 days, portion casual contacts tin permission quarantine erstwhile they instrumentality a antagonistic trial result.

The national authorities has besides pledged to commencement vaccinating 5 to 11-year-old children, if backed by the nationalist medicines regulator and immunisation advisory group.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly informed leaders of the emerging technological grounds showing the benefits of vaccinating the property group, aft U.S. regulators approved the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds.

It comes arsenic the state was poised to scope its people of 80 percent of the nationalist colonisation being afloat vaccinated sometime connected Friday.

The latest figures released enactment the nationalist COVID-19 jab complaint astatine 79.6 per cent, aft much than 181,000 vaccines were administered connected Thursday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the pending milestone arsenic a breakthrough, arsenic states crossed the state determination to reopen their borders.

“That means we overcame each the challenges that we had with supplies that didn’t amusement up from Europe,” helium said.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan connected Friday revealed long-awaited plans to reopen the authorities to eastbound jurisdictions aft months of hard borderline policies, arsenic NSW and Victoria efficaciously reopened their borders to each other.

By Callum Godde

AAP

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