Tasmania reports 2223 new COVID-19 cases

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  • Peter Gutwein
    Australian politician, 46th Premier of Tasmania

More than 1110 Tasmanians have self-reported their positive COVID-19 status, leading to a spike in the state's cases.

Tasmania reported 2223 new cases on Saturday - 800 higher than Friday's figure and almost triple Thursday's.

Some 1051 came from lab-run PCR test while 1172 were from self-reported rapid antigen tests (RATs).

"We thank Tasmanians for registering their RAT positive result on the Public Health website to help us track and provide support to cases," Premier Peter Gutwein said in a statement.

As of 8pm on Friday, the state had 6509 active cases, with four in hospital.

Another six people with COVID-19 are in hospital for other reasons.

While cases are rising quickly, Mr Gutwein sought to reassure the public the surge isn't unexpected or beyond the capability of a highly vaccinated population and a "well-prepared health system".

About 9000 RATs were distributed by the state government on Friday to symptomatic people and close contacts of positive cases.

More tests are available from the Derwent Entertainment Centre, the Rokeby Police Academy, Launceston's Silverdome and the Ulverstone Sports Centre.

"These collection points are not for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been deemed a close contact of a positive case," Mr Gutwein said.

"So please do not turn up unless you are symptomatic or a close contact."

Tasmania has increased its order for RATs to five million.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week people who return a positive result from a RAT no longer need to have their infection confirmed with a PCR test.

Tasmania's testing clinics have been unable to meet a surge in demand, with health authorities conceding the active case tally is likely well short of the recorded figure.

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