NSW said more than 55,000 people have sent their positive RAT results

In a period of just a few hours since self-reporting of rapid antigen tests went live in NSW, tens of thousands of infected Australians have uploaded their positive Covid test results.

Customer services minister Victor Dominello revealed on Wednesday afternoon that since the system went live at 9am there had been a flood of positive at-home results sent through – 55,595 reported within eight hours.

Huge fines of $1,000 were also brought in on Wednesday morning for those who don’t report positive RAT results – despite Premier Dominic Perrottet admitting it will be difficult to enforce.  

Mr Perrottet said there will be a ‘grace period’ for fines, with the penalties kicking in in seven days. 

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Rapid antigen test reporting is now compulsory in NSW with $1,000 fines in place (stock image) 

When asked why the government took so long to create their own testing system compared to other states, Mr Dominello said it was because the NSW system was more complex.

‘Most other places simply have a web form. We’re connecting it to the app because once we connect it to that app, we can then connect you healthcare services as well, and that’s the key feature of what we’re doing here in NSW,’ he said.

‘We are basically stratifying those who have Covid into two categories. Those with low risk and those with high risk.’

The premier said PCR tests will continue to be used alongside rapid tests amid the surge in cases, admitting that reporting RAT results would be hard to enforce.

‘There are obviously areas right across the state where there are laws that are harder to enforce than others – this is clearly one that will be harder to enforce, there’s no doubt about it,’ he said.   

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Labor leader Chris Minns said many NSW residents were unable to find the rapid antigen tests to confirm if they have Covid (pictured on Wednesday)  

Residents aged 16 and older must log any positive at-home tests they have taken within 24 hours via the ServiceNSW app or website, in a process Premier Dominic Perrottet said is ‘seamless’.

Opposition Leader Chris Minns, who’s called on rapid antigen tests to be free, on Wednesday said many people still can’t get their hands on the testing kits.

‘I think millions of families in the state at the moment would be saying, ‘Forget about the fine, where’s the test?” he said.

‘This is a fundamental failure of the NSW government. It’s the minimum responsibility of the government of the day to be able to tell the people in NSW whether they’ve got the disease or not.’

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Many online have criticised the government’s new mandate, questioning how authorities would know if they hadn’t reported their results

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant on Wednesday apologised for the ‘messy’ transition to the testing approach, which she said had happened far quicker than authorities wanted.


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She urged anyone who did not have access to RATs to take a PCR, especially if they have underlying conditions.

Mr Perrottet said PCR and RATs will both have a role in achieving good testing coverage, particularly as NSW struggles with RAT supply.

The new policy will make PCR lines and turnarounds shorter, he said.


Those who test positive on a rapid antigen test must report their results via the Service NSW app

Fines of $1,000 will apply to those who don’t with penalties coming into force from January 19

Positive results from January 1 can be reported with anyone testing positive as of Wednesday January 12 required to report it on the app

Positive results must be lodged within 24 hours of the test 

People who don’t have the app can lodge their results through the Service NSW website

Interstate travellers can log on as a guest 

Those who register their positive result will receive a notification from NSW Health when their seven-day isolation is up 

How to do it : 

NSW residents can open the Service NSW app and click on Covid-19 Resources

They then select ‘Register a positive test result’ 

They will be taken to another site where they fill in their personal details and log their results

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Source: Thanks msn.com