Authorities urge Victorians to get tested for COVID-19 as rates begin steep decline

Authorities urge Victorians to get tested for COVID-19 as rates begin steep decline

Health authorities and experts are warning Victorians not to get complacent about COVID-19 testing this winter as testing rates in Melbourne begin a worrying decline. Melburnians are entering their second day of relaxed restrictions after a two-week "circuit-breaker" coronavirus lockdown. While the state recorded zero new cases of coronavirus on Friday, health authorities were still trying to figure out how six recent positive cases caught the virus. Health authorities believe a Reservoir household of four and two people who travelled to Queensland were infected with the Kappa strain, but the origin of their infections was still under investigation. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said having cases with an unknown transmission link was "a really strong reason for everyone to get tested". He said testing needed to become the norm for Victorians, who would probably need "to test once or twice or three times" this winter. But that doesn't appear to be happening, with testing rates more than halving over the past week. The past two months of COVID-19 test results in Victoria show that, as you would expect, tests spike …
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