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Rapid antigen testing to be rolled out in NSW aged care facilities

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The Federal Government will start rolling out a fast COVID-19 screening program for NSW aged care residents and visitors that will be done on site and more regularly.

The COVID-19 rapid antigen testing (RAT) program will begin today (Monday) at the Uniting Bankstown aged care facility, and then progressively roll out to other facilities who have expressed interest in participating.

“Given the rate at which we know the Delta variant can be spread between people, the very fast turnaround of RAT – around 15 minutes – makes these tests useful in preventing asymptomatic transmission and outbreaks as they can be used on a daily basis,” federal health minister Greg Hunt said.

He said the pandemic’s toll in Australia last year was highest among aged care residents.

“That is why, along with the increased infection control training and vaccinations, we are looking at further innovations such as RAT to provide an additional layer of protection for the most vulnerable Australians,” he said.

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