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PM Should Clarify Comments On COVID-19 Testing

Published: Tue 17 Mar 2020 03:03 PM
“The Prime Minister’s comments in Parliament this afternoon on COVID-19 testing appear to depart from previously announced testing criteria”, according to ACT leader David Seymour.
To qualify for a test, people need to satisfy a number of criteria: a fever of or above 38 celsius or an acute respiratory infection with one of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, cough or sore throat with or without fever. An individual must also have travelled from a country of concern, or have been in close or casual contact with a suspect, probable, or confirmed case within the past 14 days.
“However, in her speech on the Government’s emergency economic package this afternoon, the Prime Minister said:
‘To medical practitioners: if you want to test, test. The capacity is there.’
“Is the Prime Minister now saying that there are no longer any restrictions on testing for COVID-19?
“If so, that is welcome news. If not, she should immediately clarify her comments.”

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