SA Labor requires mandatory RAT reporting

South Australians are required to report any positive COVID-19 infections detected through rapid antigen tests, state opposition says.

The SA will on Thursday switch the close contacts of the cases to require only RAT instead of PCR swab.

It will be voluntary to report RAT results to SA Health through the online service.

However, anyone who returns a positive RAT result should immediately seek a PCR test and quarantine until a negative result is obtained.

Premier Steven Marshall said mandatory reporting was considered but was rejected for now.

“We’ve got an excellent level of support from the people of South Australia, we’re seeing people, before our system is effective, before data can be entered,” he said.

“So at this stage, we’re not trying to make it mandatory.”

Labor opponents say the voluntary system raises questions about whether SA will continue to paint an accurate picture of the level of cases in the community.

“If we don’t have an accurate picture of COVID cases – where people have tested positive for rapid antigen testing – we don’t know where they might have caught it and who may have had close contact with it, it would be very difficult to limit the spread of the virus,” said Stephen. Mullighan said.

“If people don’t report positive results, SA Health doesn’t know who owns it and whether they’re getting the health care they need.”

Rising temperatures in Adelaide and some regional centers also led to labor calls as PCR test sites operated for the second consecutive day.

After reaching 40 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the temperature in Adelaide was projected to reach 37 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

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