ACT Government Will Purchase Rapid COVID Tests from NSW, Encourage Workers to Stay Home to Slow Down the Spread of the Omicron Variant in Canberra | Canberra Times

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ACT will buy about one million rapid COVID-19 tests from NSW at cost next month, ahead of further efforts to secure the scarce diagnostic kits as the reliance on laboratory tests for coronavirus is withdrawn. The area government will work with the NSW government on the details of the acquisition and will also consider further cooperation with other states to purchase rapid antigen testing. Prime Minister Andrew Barr said in a statement that the rapid tests from NSW would be available for use in ACT’s system later in January. Sir. Barr said there was broad agreement at Thursday’s national government meeting to adopt a national definition of close contact along with consistent quarantine and test schemes. “We have more [rapid tests] to respond to the development of test events in the context of higher caseloads and community transfer, “Mr Barr said in a statement. MORE COVID-19 NEWS:” The National Cabinet has also agreed to work on a concession [rapid antigen test] supply system to provide highly subsidized tests to low-income households. “Further details will be given in the coming weeks.” Sir. Barr also announced that the ACT government would now ask people to work from home where possible, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the territory where it works for them and their employer. “The ACT public service has taken the lead in flexible working arrangements throughout the pandemic. When Canberrans returns to work in January, we ask other employers to support their employees to work from home where possible,” he said. “While many employees will have to return to the workplace to meet business needs or for their own well-being, working from home where possible will help reduce transmission as we continue to learn more about the impact of Omicron – not just in ACT, but across Australia. “Taking sensible steps such as wearing masks and working from home will minimize infection and give us time to get children vaccinated and boosters in their arms.” More to come. Our coverage of The health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT are free for all to access, however, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able to do so, please sign up here. already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. put access to our reliable content:



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