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Change in Howard Springs testing regime bumps up COVID risk, epidemiologist warns – ABC News

Staff at the Northern Territory quarantine facility will now take daily PCR tests instead of rapid antigen testing — a change one epidemiologist warns could increase…

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A leading epidemiologist is warning a change in testing regimes for staff at the Howard Springs quarantine facility could leave the Northern Territory vulnerable to community transmission of coronavirus.
Key points:

  • The NT government has scrapped the use of daily rapid antigen tests for quarantine staff
  • NT health authorities say ‘gold standard’ PCR testing will be used instead
  • But a leading epidemiologist has warned that could increase the risk of a COVID breach

As the facility prepares to accept…

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