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WATCH LIVE: Queensland scraps day 5 Covid test as new cases top 1000

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It comes as 1158 new cases have been detected. The state now has 4479 active caes, but chief health officer Dr John Gerrard said there were still only six patients in hospital requiring active care for “significant” Covid-19. No-one is in intensive care or on ventilation. On the change in testing requirements, Ms D’Ath said the PCR rule was picking up less than one in 10 positive cases. It comes as the Brisbane watch house has been hit by a fresh Covid case. According to the Queensland Health website, anyone at the Brisbane Watch House on Roma St between December 23- December 27 has been listed as a casual contact. It’s not yet known if the case was a staff member or a person in watch house custody. Queensland again recorded more than 700 cases of Covid-19 on Monday, and as pressure increases on the State Government to move more quickly on changes to current Covid-19 testing requirements. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday revealed that day-five PCR tests for interstate travellers could soon be dumped in favour of rapid antigen tests, but that changes were unlikely before the end of the year. Ms Palaszczuk blamed the closure of private clinics over Christmas for testing difficulties, which have continued this morning with people being turned away and waits blowing out to more than three hours by 9am. New South Wales has today recorded 6062 new cases and numbers have spiked to 2738 in Victoria. Download the Courier Mail app



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