Health authorities in NSW “are eager to get more testing done” after recording 12 cases of COVID-19.
This is a significant part of the country’s new cases since Australia has recorded less than 50 cases every day for the past seven days.
Queensland recorded two more cases today and Victoria announced three further cases.
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A 96-year-old woman died overnight at Anglicare Newmarch House in Caddens, at the foot of the Blue Mountains in western Sydney, bringing the number of victims of the state coronavirus to 35.
NSW Deputy Chief of Health Dr. Jeremy McAnulty said they still see the transmission of the COVID-19 community.
“In the past 24 hours, we have seen a small number of cases in the Blue Mountains area and we are very interested in people in the Blue Mountains area, if you have mild symptoms of either fever or respiratory illness – coughing, runny nose, sore throat – progressing, we want you to be tested, “said Dr. McAnulty, Saturday.
“Either through a general practitioner or through one of the COVID clinics in the area or in the emergency room (emergency department).
“We want you to be tested so we can make sure we find cases early so we can make sure they are isolated and their contacts tracked.”
McAnulty coughed throughout the press conference but said he had “eaten something recently” and disappeared to get a glass of water. “I have been tested in the past,” he told reporters.
Symptoms of COVID-19, according to NSW Health, include fever, coughing, fatigue (fatigue), sore throat and shortness of breath.
“We ask people in the Blue Mountains area to only remember the symptoms and come forward for testing, just to be sure,” Dr. McAnulty.
“Most people will not have a virus but just to be sure, this is a simple test to do and we can get a fairly quick change lately.”
There is testing clinics throughout the region at the Blue Mountains Hospital, Lithgow Hospital, Nepean Hospital, Penrith Respiratory Clinic and van clinics at Hawkesbury Hospital.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said 12 new cases of coronavirus made a total of 2,994 states but 2193 patients had recovered.
He said there were 193,256 tests carried out, with 190,262 returning negative results.
But he urged people to come forward for testing, even if they had “as little as a sore throat, runny nose or temperature” because the daily testing rate had dropped from 7352 to 4840.
“NSW Health, the government, wants you to go forward and be tested,” Hazzard said.
“Premier has made points on several occasions in the last few days that NSW is eager to get more testing done.
“We need it to understand what is happening to the wider population.”
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said on Friday that the country had done it doubling the testing capacity to 8000.
“Testing is the key to reducing community transmission and dealing with local breakouts – and this is very important if we will lift any restrictions,” he said.
Mr Hazzard said they had seen a decrease in the number of tests at the weekend.
“We test every day of the week and want people to appear on Saturdays and Sundays,” he said.
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