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A hotline and online report has been opened for Victorians who test positive for a rapid COVID-19 antigen test to report their “probable” case. It is mandatory to report positive RAT results from Friday, a day when the state recorded 21,728 new cases out of 68,202 tests through the PCR lab testing system. Six more people died and hospitalizations rose again to 644 people. There are 58 active cases in intensive care and 24 under ventilation. Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan said the new process means fewer people will wait for PCR test results. “We will see fewer Victorians waiting for the results of this PCR test before they can leave and either receive the care and information they need or resume a normal life,” she said. Anyone who receives a positive RAT must self-isolate for seven days and notify their contacts. They will receive the same clinical and financial support as PCR-confirmed cases. Testing commander Jeroen Weimar said the hotline and form will check if people are showing symptoms and what they are, if it is close contact, what support they need, s ‘they have been vaccinated, any existing condition they have and whether they are happy to be taken care of by a general practitioner. He said it would help deliver care more quickly. RATs have sometimes proved difficult to find, but it is hoped that their use will reduce the strain on the overloaded PCR test system. By 9 a.m. on Friday, 18 state-run PCR testing sites had reached capacity and closed, up from 35 sites by the same time on Thursday, as new rapid antigen testing rules went into effect in the country. night. Victoria is deploying rapid tests at state-run test sites. Four sites distributed RATs as part of a pilot program on Wednesday, and that figure jumped to 24 predominantly metropolitan sites where asymptomatic people were offered the rapid test to use at home. The 44 million tests ordered by the state are in transit. Restrictions were also reintroduced, including density limits of one person per two square meters for indoor hospitality and entertainment venues. Ms Allan said the third dose booster program continues to ramp up, as bookings are taken by elementary school children. In the first 24 hours after opening reservations for children aged 5 to 11, 25,000 appointments were made through the public system, or 5% of eligible people. Meanwhile, world No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has spent his first night in immigrant detention in Melbourne as he struggles with his visa cancellation ahead of the Australian Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the decision and is awaiting a hearing scheduled for Monday. Ms Allan said the Victorian medical panel that granted Djokovic exemption from playing at the Australian Open was an entirely separate process from the visa waiver. “How players and support staff enter the country to participate in the Australian Open… is a matter for the Commonwealth of Government and Tennis Australia,” said Ms Allan. “The role of the (Victorian) panel was to assess the medical documentation, not to assess their visa eligibility.” Australian Associated Press

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