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Positive rapid test registration launches on Service NSW as Sydney and Inner West records over 2,500 cases

NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello (pictured above) said his team were "working around the clock" to launch the new feature. Photo: Twitter/Victor Dominello.

By DANIEL LO SURDO

People living or staying in NSW who are aged 16 and over will now be able to register their positive rapid antigen test on the Service NSW app, with Premier Dominic Perrottet announcing that people who fail to disclose their positive result from next week will face a $1000 fine.

The development comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last week that those who record a positive rapid test will not need to undergo a PCR test, following a national cabinet meeting targeted at easing the strain of the testing regime.

The fine for failure to register a positive test will come into effect on January 19, with Mr Perrottet saying that “this is about ensuring that NSW Health is connected to those details so, if you do have any underlying health conditions, NSW Health can provide support”.

Service NSW advises registering a positive test “as soon as possible”, with each result needing to be documented separately. A positive test will not need to be registered if you’ve had a positive PCR test result in the 28 days before the rapid test, or if a negative or invalid rapid result has been administered.

Registering a positive rapid test on the Service NSW involves a nine-step process, beginning by clicking on the ‘Register a positive result’ button under COVID-19 resources and choosing to register for themselves, another adult or a child. Users will then be asked to provide the date and details of the positive case, an email address or phone number, then answer health questions about the person who tested positive.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said on Monday that the Service NSW was “working around the clock to get [positive rapid registration] live very soon” after Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said that recent cases numbers were underestimated, as only positive PCR tests were included in the figures.

The Sydney Local Health District, which includes the Balmain, Concord, Canterbury and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals, recorded 2,522 COVID-19 cases today, as NSW detected 34,579 new cases and 21 deaths.

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