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Rapid antigen tests versus PCR: how they rate

SA Health is considering lifting its state ban on Rapid Antigen Tests which are in use across much of Australia. While they’re not yet allowed here, Thea van de Mortel explains to a national audience how a home test works and compares with PCR used at official testing sites.

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Marshall rules out calling out ADF to COVID-19 testing sites

UPDATED: Premier Steven Marshall says there are no plans to call on Australian Defence Force personnel to help out at Adelaide’s swamped COVID-19 testing sites, after Police Commissioner Grant Stevens earlier today raised the option while conceding hours-long waits and huge queues were a “disincentive”.

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More sites, longer hours as test demand surges

South Australia’s daily COVID testing rates have surged to their highest levels in three months as authorities look to manage demand with longer operating hours and more clinics opening for testing.

Opinion

More staff testing, more pay needed after medi-hotel virus breakout

The virus outbreak from an Adelaide medi-hotel shows that all staff working in such quarantine facilities should be tested not just weekly – as ordered only after the fact – but daily, argues epidemiologist Catherine Bennett. And increased pay for those staff must be discussed to avoid them having to work at other sites and risk infecting others.