Greg Hunt’s 1.5 million point-of-care tests for GPs of ‘limited use’ for diagnosing coronavirus

Experts say serology tests are not what Australia needs right now
Minister for Health Greg Hunt
Minister for Health Greg Hunt.

The 1.5 million point-of-care COVID-19 tests that the Federal Minister for Health promised GPs this week have been described as near-useless in ruling out cases of acute infection.

Supplies of swab-based tests requiring laboratory analysis have been dwindling in Australia, forcing authorities to restrict who can be tested despite growing community transmission.