Australians who travel around the country could soon be allowed to use a rapid antigen test instead of lining up at a Covid clinic following a national cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is calling on Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia to scrap requirements for a PCR test to show a negative Covid result.

Instead, the federal government is urging those states to allow travellers to produce a rapid antigen test result to pass a border check point. 

‘What Omicron means is we will see I think greater use of these rapid antigen tests,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘Now they’re tax deductible if you need to take one for work purposes.’

Australians who travel around the country could be allowed to use a rapid antigen test instead of lining up at a Covid clinic, following a national cabinet meeting (pictured is a long Covid test queue in Sydney)

Australians who travel around the country could be allowed to use a rapid antigen test instead of lining up at a Covid clinic, following a national cabinet meeting (pictured is a long Covid test queue in Sydney)

Australians who travel around the country could be allowed to use a rapid antigen test instead of lining up at a Covid clinic, following a national cabinet meeting (pictured is a long Covid test queue in Sydney)

Mr Morrison noted that a quarter of people lining up for a PCR or polymerase chain reaction test were asymptomatic.

‘We’ve all seen the terrible queues and the long waits people have had – some 20 to 25 per cent, one in five, one in four people waiting in those queues are not symptomatic,’ he said. 

‘They’re not a close contact, they’re not even a casual contact.’ 

Source: DailyMail

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