GP reveals people with symptoms refusing COVID-19 tests

Melbourne-based Dr Amena Azizi says there are fears that new restrictions will be imposed if more cases are identified

A GP in a Melbourne COVID-19 hotspot is warning some patients, even those with severe respiratory symptoms, are avoiding coronavirus testing because they fear further restrictions.

Dr Amena Azizi works in Melbourne’s southeast, where Victorian health officials are struggling to contain a cluster of cases that appear to be linked to a number of Afghan-Australian households.

There are 90 cases linked to the Casey-Dandenong local council areas, making it the largest cluster outside of aged care in the state.