Australia changes testing rules from ART instead of PCR


  • On 5 January 2022,
    • It was reported that new COVID infection cases in many states around Australia has risen to new heights and the healthcare systems are under substantial pressure
    • New testing rules have been released to lessen the pressure on healthcare systems:
      • People are being urged to only get tested if they have symptoms, have been advised by health authorities to get a test, or are a household contact of a positive case.
      • People exposed to the virus can use rapid antigen tests instead of PCR testing.
      • For example, close contacts only have to take a rapid test on day six of isolating and positive cases do not need to get any test before leaving isolation.