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Lockdown won’t ease if testing rate continues to drop, Premier warns – The Age

Authorities say people with cold or flu-like symptoms are likely to have COVID-19 because the common cold and seasonal flu have “virtually disappeared” from the state.

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In the seven days to Monday, pathology labs processed 154,432 tests a drop of almost 30,000, or 17 per cent, compared with the previous seven-day period.
The decline has been even greater at large-scale testing sites such as shopping centres, where there has been between a 15 and 40 per cent drop in recent weeks despite testing capacity increasing.
Mr Andrews said while it was “logical” for testing rates to come down when people were in strict stage four lockdown, it should “not…

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