NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says tourism testing is “clogging up” testing capacity, renewing calls for all state premiers to accept rapid antigen test results instead of PCR tests.
Queensland on Tuesday removed the requirement for interstate arrivals to get tested on their fifth day in the state, but stopped short of removing a pre-trial test that puts pressure on other states’ testing.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flagged that Queensland would move towards accepting rapid antigen test results on arrival from January 1, but Perrottet wants that date brought forward.
“NSW and Victoria are finding it very difficult at the moment because of the pressure on the testing system. And a significant proportion of that is these tourism tests,” he said.
Perrottet said conversations with other premiers are ongoing. South Australia previously said it would accept rapid antigen test results on arrival.
“It is putting substantial pressure on the system,” he said.
Perrottet further urges anyone who is not symptomatic or not required to get a PCR test to isolate at home or to use a rapid antigen test to relieve pressure on testing facilities.
“We’re doing everything we can to alleviate pressure,” the Premier says.
“The best thing would be if state premiers removed that requirement. I note that in Queensland they’ve removed that requirement on the other side of the border, it would relieve significant pressure on our system if that requirement was released.”