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NSW government urges people to not get swabbed for COVID-19 unless required as service is swamped

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NSW government urges people to not get swabbed for COVID-19 unless required as service is swamped

The Christmas holiday season has piled major pressure on testing sites across various states.yesterday  NSW, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said  wait times for COVID test results have ballooned to 48 to 72 hours, with many people waiting even longer than that to get a result.

The NSW government yesterday urged people to only get tested if they have symptoms, are identified as close contacts, or as part of their travel requirements.

Various pathology chief s have confirmed  that the testing situation was a “perfect storm” as exhausted laboratory workers were overwhelmed.

The NSW government is  urging  people to not get swabbed for COVID-19 unless required, in a bid to take pressure off pathology backlogs under strain from soaring demand.The Health Minister Brad Hazzard said people were now waiting over three days for test results to return and also said that the  longer queues represented an increased risk to  the community!

NSW yesterday recorded a new peak of 6,394 new COVID-19 cases 

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