Australia news LIVE: Medical regulator considers COVID-19 rapid antigen testing in workplaces, homes; ACT lockdown extended as infections rise in NSW, Victoria

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Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the medical regulator to expedite its consideration of rapid antigen testing in workplaces and homes, while the ACT has extended its lockdown as COVID-19 cases grow in NSW and Victoria.

report that rapid antigen testing is used in many contexts overseas including in the US and Britain as a way of monitoring COVID-19 cases, but it has not yet been broadly deployed as a weapon against the virus in Australia.4 min read September 13, 2021 - 10:30AM Premier Gladys Berejiklian held a coronavirus press conference on Monday due to the achievement of"key milestones" after announcing her daily briefings would be scrapped, as New South Wales recorded 1,257 local cases and seven deaths.The seven people who died include two men in their 90s, a woman in her 90s, three men in his 80s and a woman in her 60s.NSW despite one being told he had tested positive for coronavirus have pleaded guilty to breaches of the public health order.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says rapid antigen testing will play a greater role in Australia’s response to the pandemic.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen Asked earlier this month when we were likely to see rapid antigen testing in homes, Mr Hunt said: I think that will be a matter for the state chief health officers, because at this point, they’ve wanted to rely on what are called the polymer chain reaction or PCR tests.2 per cent of the eligible NSW population are now fully vaccinated against coronavirus and 78.These are the ones that everybody knows.Of those, 222 are in intensive care and 94 are on ventilators.I’m hopeful that we’ll have them at the earliest possible time.Southwestern and western Sydney remain areas of concern and health authorities have noticed an increase in COVID-19 infections in the inner city areas of Glebe and Redfern.But they’re already being used by us in aged care homes, on departure from overseas in India.They continued on to Molong, where they were met by a police escort and driven back to Sydney.

We were using them in Howard Springs in the Northern Territory when we had clinical control.For those who live in COVID-19 hotspots, a household with all adults vaccinated can engage in outdoor recreation for up to two hours.2 per cent of people over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, while 78.So it’s something that we’re used to using.They play an important role, and they’ll play an increasingly important role."Today, there has been some easing of restrictions after we passed that six million jab number, but it's way too early for any of us to get complacent," Ms Berejiklian said.As Sherryn Groch explains, about 20 rapid antigen tests are already authorised for use in Australia by its medical regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) but you need training to use one; generally a registered healthcare worker will come in to perform them."I don't want people to think they can sit back, let everybody else do the hard work and then turn up when it's 80 per cent and get everything else that vaccinated people are," she said.Home testing kits, along the lines of those used in the UK, are banned in Australia.Picture: Getty Images "Whilst people start enjoying some things they couldn't enjoy last week, I urge the community, please do not get complacent, do not let your guard down, because any event that we don't anticipate or expect could see our major setback and none of us want to see that happen.(9News) Today the Shawka brothers and Mr Shanki entered guilty pleas to charges related to breaking the public health orders.

But the tests are not as effective as the “gold standard” PCR lab test.."Don't assume that at 80 per cent double-dose vaccination that unvaccinated people are are going to have all those freedoms." Read More Australia secures extra Moderna vaccine doses from Europe Ms Berejiklian said the 12 local government areas (LGAs) of concern were some of the areas with the highest vaccination rates across the state, whilst the City of Sydney and some regional pockets of the state were lagging behind.

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WATCH LIVE: Premier Gladys Berejiklian provides NSW COVID-19 cases updatePremier Gladys Berejiklian held a coronavirus press conference on Monday due to the achievement of 'key milestones' after announcing her daily briefings would be scrapped, as New South Wales recorded 1,257 local cases and seven deaths. imagine our surprise How fucking supprrised am I considering the opposition is giving a presser also. Disgraceful from the binchicken Please Know?

NSW records 1,257 new local COVID-19 cases and seven more deathsBREAKING NSW recorded 1,257 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, as Gladys Berejiklian flagged a ‘slight’ slowing in vaccinations. Let it Rip Gladys is not the right policy setting resigngladys Australia 'Slight Slowing' Still fastest in the nation - but the 7 Day Average has been dropping for 6 days now. By default, people don't want vaccination. They are only taking it to 'get done with it' and because there are threats about not allowed on work sites etc. If you drop these threats, people will choose vaccines based on their health; not coercion.

Sydney removalists plead guilty after sparking COVID-19 scare in regional NSWMaryo Shanki, 21, and twins Ramsin Adil and Roni Shawka, 27, travelled from a south-west Sydney hotspot to regional NSW despite one of them testing positive. No regard for anyone else . . What the hell is wrong with people? We will see more people showing no concern for others when GB opens up; infected persons getting around amongst everyone thinking it is ok because the pop. is 'X' % vaxxed.

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Yass Valley to plunge back into lockdown as NSW records 1,257 new local COVID-19 casesPremier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday said she was concerned about a 'slight' slowdown in the state's vaccination rate, following impressive turnouts at GP clinics and vaccination hubs in previous weeks. Well that didn’t last long 😔 poor buggers 🥲 SBS oh fuck, put a viewer discretion warning up before you terrorize us with images of the snout SBS Jumping the gun a bit?

WATCH LIVE: NSW Health announce latest COVID-19 cases in the stateNSW Health will provide a coronavirus update, without Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Join Sky News Australia for live coverage at 11am. At least someone might actually answer a question properly My goodness she is lazy! She’s destroyed our country, if your outlet had any integrity they’d call it out already…