Highlights:

  • Australia has crossed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • New South Wales along with Sydney registered 863 new cases and seven deaths
  • Minister of health, Greg Hunt on Tuesday affirmed that Australians will be able to test themselves for COVID-19 at home

Australia has crossed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as the country continues to struggle against the third wave of the pandemic. According to the Department of Health, on Monday afternoon, around 99,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were registered in the country. The next day, over 1700 fresh cases of coronavirus were lodged across Australia. Following that, the total COVID cases in the country surpassed 100,000.

New South Wales, which is Australia’s most populous state along with capital city Sydney registered 863 new cases and seven deaths. A statement from NSW Health affirmed that there have been 316 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16, 2021.

Victoria, the second-most populous state with Melbourne as the capital city recorded an additional 863 fresh cases and four deaths. Among the 1700 news cases reported on Tuesday, 13 were reported from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Meanwhile, Minister of health, Greg Hunt on Tuesday affirmed that Australians will be able to test themselves for COVID-19 at home from November, inviting test manufacturers to apply for at-home use.

He continued, “This is an important additional protection for Australians. One of the important things is that we can supplement what is known as PCR-test- that testing we all know if we go to a Commonwealth or a state clinic- with the home testing.”

Hunt added that he expects states and territories to issue a mandate citing that if anyone records a positive self-test, then the individual will be required to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at a health clinic.

The Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) stated in a media release that to support the safe use of rapid antigen self-tests, it will make a new regulation that will enable companies to formally apply for TGA regulatory approval after October 1 to legally supply their self-test for utilization at home in Australia.

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