New South Wales school students will face a rapid antigen testing regimen to keep them in the classroom, as the opening of Term One nears.

A test-to-stay system will be implemented across the state, which will see students exposed to COVID-19 take an RAT.

The result can be uploaded online, meaning students who test negative can return to the classroom in short order.

Sydney Covid coronavirus
New South Wales endured its deadliest day of the pandemic on Sunday. (Bianca De Marchi)

NSW has also changed isolation rules for food supply workers, as supermarkets continue to face devastating staff shortages.

The supply chain has been heavily affected by the Omicron variant, leading to empty shelves facing shoppers.

The changes come amid soaring cases in NSW, with the state facing its deadliest day ever yesterday.

NSW recorded 30,062 new cases and 16 deaths on Sunday.

The state government has also doubled its order of rapid antigen tests as the pivot away from PCR continues.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd said it was “likely” many Australians would test positive for COVID-19 over coming days and weeks if they hadn’t already, but most wouldn’t become seriously ill if vaccinated.

Coles Eastgardens

How Australia faced the emergence of the Omicron variant

“We obviously want to continue to do all we can to prevent people from being infected with COVID-19,” he said.

“Nobody wants to be infected with a serious infectious disease.

“And although most people will have mild symptoms or no symptoms, some people are still going to become seriously unwell with COVID-19, and we want to prevent that from happening.”

Professor Kidd suggested people should be prepared, with paracetamol or ibuprofen and other essential supplies because they would not be able to go to the pharmacy or supermarket if diagnosed.

Source: 9News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

69th Annual Columbus Day Parade Kicks Off Downtown; Indigenous Peoples Day Rally In Rogers Park

CHICAGO (CBS)– The 69th annual Columbus Day parade will march down State Street…

‘World’s oldest woman’ who was born in Japan in 1903 celebrates getting another year older 

The woman considered to be the oldest person alive has today celebrated…

As Boston mayoral race results emerge, Barrington native elected as 1st female, Asian American mayor

BOSTON — Boston elected its first woman and Asian American Tuesday to…

New Year’s Eve under threat: Government website is unable to send out rapid tests

Lateral flow tests unavailable for home delivery for a second day running…