Australia will belatedly change its coronavirus testing criteria to target more people and prevent asymptomatic cases from unwittingly spreading the disease. Since COVID-19 took hold in Australia, only those people who had arrived from overseas, or been in contact with someone who had a confirmed case, qualified to get one of the limited amounts of tests. However that was about to change, with overseas experience showing the countries most successful in slowing the spread had sought out and tested those who had potentially been exposed, even if they did not know it. Australia’s borders were shut last Friday to everyone but citizens and permanent residents and they were ordered to undertake 14 days of isolation. Deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly admitted the testing guidelines would soon change The guidelines for testing for COVID-19 will be changed this week to drop the overseas travel component, as the coronavirus spreads A nurse takes a sample for testing at the newly opened COVID-19 drive-thru testing facility at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre in Adelaide, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 About 80 per cent of Australia’s cases before this week were contracted overseas but in recent days there has been a growth in local transmission. ‘As… Read full this story
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