NSW has launched a new COVID-19 testing service that will notify people on the same day if they have returned a negative result.
“That is a huge step for us,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said today.
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“Obviously if you are positive, we need to contact you to see whether you need medical attention (and) also in relation to tracing your contacts,” the premier said.
NSW reported seven new cases overnight, taking the state’s total to 2870 and continuing the recent declining trend.
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Ms Berejiklian said NSW has conducted almost double the number of tests compared to the next state.
“The rate of testing in NSW is really allowing us to control the spread, and that will obviously continue this week,” she said.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant pinpointed 12 areas of concern where the government wanted an increase in testing to track community transmissions.
Penrith, the inner west, Liverpool, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra, Blacktown, Cumberland, Westmead, Ryde, Manning and Lake Macquarie, were highlighted by Dr Chant.
“In those areas we have diagnosed identified cases of COVID-19 where there aren’t clear links to clusters and so we want to assure ourselves there is not broader community transmission occurring in those areas,” she said.
There were no deaths reported in NSW over the past 24 hours.
Thirty-two people are seriously ill in intensive care, with 19 of those ventilated.
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The new testing result system announced by the premier will be delivered to people’s mobile phones by SMS and will later be incorporated into the NSW Service app.
Since launching, the app had been downloaded 1.7 million times, with 100,000 downloads the last week.
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