Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
âLike hundreds of thousands of other Australians, I tested positive for COVID. Symptoms moderate so far. Isolate as needed, âTurnbull said on Saturday.
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âThis pandemic and in particular this latest wave has put our healthcare professionals under tremendous pressure – please be polite and considerate when dealing with frontline healthcare workers.
âThey’ve had two years of relentless pressure and it’s now at its most intense. So give them the love and respect they deserve, please.
Mr Turnbull’s announcement follows Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s positive diagnosis on Friday.
Meanwhile, overpriced COVID-19 rapid antigen testing should be a thing of the past as new laws take effect.
As of Saturday, RAT kits have been listed in Australia’s Biosafety Determination, making price increases on essential items illegal.
Retailers caught grossing kits over 20% of the offer price now face a fine of $ 66,000 and up to five years in prison.
This is not the first item to receive special consumer protection – at the start of the pandemic, personal protective equipment such as masks and hospital gowns as well as hand sanitizer were introduced. added to the biosafety list to avoid price increases.
The laws will also prevent foreign buyers from taking Australian stocks.
Health Minister Greg Hunt told the radio on Thursday that the federal government was taking “the strongest possible measures” to prevent businesses from profiting in times of need.
Meanwhile, states are set to record positive rapid antigen test results as part of the daily case count, alongside PCR test results.
As a result, Victoria’s daily infection figure more than doubled on Saturday to 51,356 from less than 22,000 the day before.
More than half (26,428) of the new cases were revealed using RAT.
However, an official said only 5,923 of them were from the 24-hour benchmark and most were from people who took the test earlier in the week and filed the result on Friday at the start. online report.
Victoria and Tasmania have a system in place where people who test positive for a RAT can notify authorities online.
NSW has yet to finalize its reporting system, but expects something similar to be ready next week.
He reported 45,098 more cases from regular lab tests and nine deaths on Saturday, while acknowledging the number of cases was likely underestimated.
Dr Kerry Chant said on Friday that the current figures were an underestimate, given the strong spread in the community, difficulties in accessing rapid antigenic tests and the expected number of asymptomatic cases.
As such, case totals over the next few days will likely only capture part of the story.
Some 1,172 Tasmanians reported their status positive, which spiked 2,223 new cases, 800 more than Friday’s figure and almost triple that of Thursday.
The new reporting requirements across the country come as the number of people infected with the virus is well above official figures.
On Friday night, Mr. Frydenberg was in isolation with his family after his diagnosis.
âMy thoughts are with everyone who has COVID – it is a difficult time but we will be fine,â he said.
Friday was another record-breaking day for the number of cases with more than 78,000 reported in Australia.
– with AAP