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Why Australia's COVID-19 case numbers could be higher than official reports

Members of the public queue in their cars for Covid19 PCR tests at a clinic at North Ryde in Sydney. Source: AAP

Some epidemiologists say the real number of new COVID-19 infections in Australia's most populous states is far higher than what’s being reported, but infections could soon peak.

Some medical experts fear Australia will not be able to provide accurate COVID-19 case number information this year, warning daily figures reported will not be a true reflection of coronavirus as the public shifts to rapid antigen tests.

 

 


 

Highlights

  • Actual number of new infections in the community could be up to 10 times higher.
  • Three key reasons to believe the real number of infections is much greater than the reported cases: asymptomatic infection; long testing queues that people set aside getting tested with mild symptoms; those who tested positive through a rapid antigen test don’t register on accounts.
  • Changes to COVID-19 guidelines include removal of the requirement to take a PCR test if people test positive on a rapid antigen test. 

 

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