New South Wales has recorded a slight spike in coronavirus cases overnight, with authorities setting a new target for testing numbers.
Nine new cases have been diagnosed, after 7,000 tests were carried out.
NSW Health had been aiming for at least 8,000 tests a day, though are now looking to get above 10,000 tests today.
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Chief Health Officer Doctor Kerry Chant says it’s going to be critical for our response moving forward for us to sustain high rates of testing.
“I’ve been pleased to see the testing rates rise, but i’d also like them to settle at even a higher level.
“I would like to achieve somewhere in the order of 10,000 tests a day minimum, and so I do urge the community to go forth and get tested.
“There are a variety of different methods to get a test, and we’re trying to do all we can to simplify that process. But it is going to be critical to our response.
“So the key message is minimal symptoms, running nose, bit of fatigue, chills, bit of a cough, the minimalist of symptoms, please come forward and get tested.
“This will give us assurance, that we can jump quickly on any cases identified, isolate the case and quarantine the contacts, and that’s going to be important to breaking and stopping any chains of transmission within the community,” Doctor Chant said.
It’s understood there have been 6,856 cases around the country, with a total of 29 diagnosed overnight.
17 of those were diagnosed in Victoria, while Queensland is yet to reveal it’s overnight figures.
The death toll stands at 97 deaths, following another death of a resident at the Anglicare Newmarch aged care facility in New South Wales yesterday.
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