QLD testing rules under the microscope as resources stretched

Queensland is reportedly considering relaxing some testing requirements for travellers coming from interstate hotspots as clinics across the country are overwhelmed.

The Sunshine State currently requires travellers from hot spots to have a negative PCR test in the 72 hours before arriving in Queensland.

They must also get tested on day five of their arrival.


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But that has led to major delays at testing clinics across the country as people flood the system to meet requirements to travel to Queensland.

More than 225,000 people have applied for border passes since Queensland reopened to hotspots last Monday.

Hundreds of people have been turning up at borders without their test results which has seen many either turned away or forced into hotel quarantine while they wait.

Thousands more have ended up cancelling their holiday plans altogether.

Queensland Health officials are understood to be considering extending the 72-hour timeframe for people to get their negative PCR test.

There are also reports the state will look at whether a rapid antigen test may be acceptable for some travellers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says there’s no doubt the testing requirements of some states is stretching resources at a time that case numbers are rising.

“We have got to get some commonality between the states and territories about how they are requiring these PCR tests, in particular,” Mr Morrison told Seven.

They are the most important tests and the requirements for people to be getting these to travel at the moment, that is putting enormous pressure, particularly on NSW and in Victoria and that is a big reason you are seeing a lot of those queues

“The states are going to have to talk to each other about that because decisions are being made in one state, they are impacting on the testing resources in other states.”

The issue will be discussed at an emergency meeting of National Cabinet on Wednesday.

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