NSW premier mandates major change to Covid reporting

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Anyone in NSW who has tested positive to Covid-19 via a rapid antigen test in 2022 should register their results with the state government, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced on Wednesday.

Residents can report their tests via the reporting feature that went live on the Service NSW app on Wednesday morning. If someone does not have the app, it can be done online or by calling NSW Health.

Reporting is mandatory as part of an updated public health order and residents can face a fine of $1000 if they do not comply.

Dominic Perrottet, pictured, said anyone who has tested positive to Covid via a rapid antigen test in 2022 must now report it. Source: ABC
Dominic Perrottet said anyone who has tested positive to Covid via a rapid antigen test in 2022 must now report it. Source: ABC

Anyone with a positive result from January 1 can report their result however the mandate will take effect on Wednesday. However fines will only begin from January 19, Mr Perrottet said.

Anyone who followed their rapid antigen test up with a positive PCR does not need to register their result.

Customer Services and Digital Government Minister Victor Dominello said the process is "seamless".

"Those at higher risk, you will get a call or be contacted by New South Wales Health, within 48 hours and with a further survey to make sure that you are OK. So what we're trying to do here NSW is provide a comprehensive environment to not just register your test but also to provide additional care as required," he told reporters.

Registration can be done on behalf of another adult with children needing someone over the age of 15 to register on their behalf.

Tests must be registered within 24 hours of receiving the result. In the app, registration can be found in the Covid-19 Resources tab.

On Wednesday, NSW announced a further 21 deaths – the highest daily total since the pandemic began. Seven however were historical deaths.

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