NT starts rapid COVID-19 tests for workers – but other states hesitate

NT starts rapid COVID-19 tests for workers – but other states hesitate

A coronavirus test that can deliver results in 10 minutes is set to be rolled out in Australia, but staff at just one quarantine facility will get access to it. The Howard Springs quarantine facility, south-east of Darwin, will soon adopt a rapid antigen testing regime for COVID-19. The New Daily has confirmed at least


A coronavirus test that can deliver results in 10 minutes is set to be rolled out in Australia, but staff at just one quarantine facility will get access to it.

The Howard Springs quarantine facility, south-east of Darwin, will soon adopt a rapid antigen testing regime for COVID-19.

The New Daily has confirmed at least two other states are considering following the Northern Territory’s lead.

A spokesperson for the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) told The New Daily it had purchased antigen tests which will provide additional COVID-19 surveillance for the staff there.

Dr Ian Norton, an emergency response practitioner who has been trialling the rapid antigen nasal-swab tests, is calling for them to be made…



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