NSW extends Covid-19 testing to everybody in the state

NSW extends Covid-19 testing to everybody in the state

Everybody in New South Wales will now reportedly have access to testing for Covid-19 as Premier Gladys Berejiklian hopes to start lifting restrictions.

"We're now saying to everybody across the state, if you have symptoms, if you're worried you have Covid-19, please come forward and get tested," says Berejiklian.

"We're increasing the testing to include everybody across the state, not just those who work with vulnerable people, not just those who live in those high risk areas where we've had clusters, but anybody across the state."

"We want to see the number of tests go up above 8,000 every day. As we consider lifting restrictions we have to have more tests, we have to have more come forward and we really want that to happen."

The announcement comes as New South Wales reports seven new cases of the virus for the last 24 hours.

In total there are 6,672 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia, with 1,343 in Victoria, 1,026 in Queensland, 546 in Western Australia, 438 in South Australia, 205 in Tasmania, 104 in the Australian Capital Territory and 28 in the Northern Territory.

Updated at 10:22am AEST on 24 April 2020.

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