Australia plans to expand screening for the coronavirus after receiving 10 million additional test kits Wednesday, a measure delegates stated is vital to sustaining low transmission rates and permitting bans on social movement to be eased.
Australia has credited a partial lockdown and testing with bringing the rate of the latest infections down to under 1%. Home to 25.7 million people, it has posted about 6,700 cases of COVID-19, the disease attributable to the virus, and 88 deaths.
Authorities plan to use the new supply to broaden testing this week to include people without systems, ramping up from round 500,000 tests carried out over the past month.
PM Scott Morrison has stated increased testing is a prerequisite to reopening restaurants and pubs, lifting travel bans, and extending the limits on the size of weddings and funerals.
Some states and territories have begun to ease restrictions independently, along with allowing slightly larger public gatherings and reopening beaches. However, the federal authorities said there wouldn’t be any modifications before a review on May 11.
The kits had been received from China by Fortescue Metals Group founder Andrew Forrest, who bought them to the federal government at A$320 million
State authorities will also expand the testing of healthcare staff at aged care homes following an outbreak at a facility in the west of Sydney.
Eleven elderly people have died from COVID-19 at Newmarch House care home after contracting the virus from an employee. Anglicare, the company in charge of the home, stated Wednesday that more deaths are possible.