NSW Premier Domic Perrottet has announced that there will be $1000 fines for not disclosing a positive RAT test through the NSW Services app.
Due to the rapidly increasing case numbers, combined with the immense difficulty of getting a PCR test; Vic and NSW governments have started including RAT tests in the overall case numbers.
This unsurprisingly led to a significant jump in numbers and has the NSW government concerned that there are people testing positive on RAT tests that are not reporting their result on the NSW app.
Consequently, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has now announced that those not disclosing their positive tests will receive a $1000 fine.
From the 1st of January, all positive RAT tests must be reported through the Service NSW app.
“This health order has been signed off this morning,” said the Premier. “And in terms of enforcement, if someone fails to register a positive rapid antigen test there will be $1000 fine and there will be a grace period”
The Premier emphasised the importance of disclosing a positive case through the app. Not just for case numbers; to ensure that people can be connected to health professionals.
“This is not just about the numbers and the registration through Service NSW. More importantly, this is about ensuring NSW health is connected to those details… Because we want to identify any issues in relation to positive cases”
On the 12th of January, NSW recorded 34, 759 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 535,836.
Overnight, 21 people with COVID-19 passed away. 17 men and 4 women.
95.1% of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
93.7% of these people have received two doses.
People over the age of 18 are now eligible for a booster dose if they had their second dose at least four months ago.