However, Australia has also started randomly testing people with general cold and flu symptoms for coronavirus to see if any cases of the deadly disease are being missed. Prof Murphy said a number of GPs around Australia are already contracted by the government to randomly test patients with respiratory and flu symptoms to collect data about what viruses are in the community, and were now being asked to test for COVID-19. “We have set up sentinel testing … sampling the community to pick up anyone with a flu-like illness and test them to see whether we are seeing undetected cases,” he said. “That (group) of general practices that are testing every person who comes in – that will give us a read if we’re seeing examples of transmission that we haven’t seen.” Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy says the government will soon stop testing people who contracted the virus to make sure it has been cleared from their system. Picture: AAPSource:AAP Prof Murphy said Australia had now conducted more than 135,000 COVID-19 tests and was “continually reviewing criteria” as the country would “need” to expand who qualifies for a test. “We are expanding them already to look at aged… Read full this story
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