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A family of four waiting for a PCR test in the queue at the Cavanbah testing station in Buron Bay at 11am today. Security were already turning away people at 9am as the station opened. Photo supplied.

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there were 686 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Northern NSW Local Health District to 8pm last night, January 5.

There are no estimates of unreported new cases and testing stations continue to be inundated with queues of people lining up.

The National Cabinet has agreed to remove the requirement for a PCR test to confirm a positive rapid antigen test result, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Mr Morrison said rapid antigen tests would start being used at COVID-19 testing sites to speed up results after the country experienced massive testing backlogs over the past few weeks.

‘This will take the pressure off the pathology labs which are out there, which will speed up the test results for PCR tests that are needed for those who are essential to get PCRs,’ he said.

There are 25 COVID-19 positive patients in hospitals in Northern NSW, with four of these in ICU.

The new cases are located in the following LGAs:

  • Byron Shire 236
  • Tweed Heads 224
  • Ballina 92
  • Lismore 81
  • Richmond Valley 21
  • Clarence Valley 20
  • Kyogle 9
  • Tenterfield 3
    *(Tenterfield is in a different Local Health District, but postcodes put cases in NNSWLHD)

 


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