Sydney’s Covid test: what will it take to bring the case numbers down?
As Sydney approaches four weeks in lockdown, the number of Covid cases infectious in the community – which experts say needs to reach close to zero before restrictions can be eased – remains stubbornly high.
On Thursday, 124 new local cases were announced in NSW, and up to 80 of those were active in the community for all or part of their infectious period. The day prior, 110 new local infections were announced, 60 of which were active in the community for part or all of their infectious period.
“It’s a key number that we are very keen to bring down, and a key indicator of risk to the community at any one time, so it’s an important number,” Dr Jeremy McAnulty, the executive director of NSW Health’s Covid-19 public health response branch, says.
McAnulty told Guardian Australia that while most people were getting tested as soon as they experienced symptoms, others were waiting too long in the hope that the symptoms may pass and may not be Covid-related. Aged care homes, construction sites, and supermarkets are all locations people …
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