New COVID-19 policy for GPs: Test 'anyone with a runny nose'

Testing push follows PCR kit bonanza

GPs are being urged to test any patient with even the mildest symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, as the country starts easing its way out of shutdown.

COVID-19 testing

The Federal Government says 10 million PCR testing kits are on their way to Australia, thanks to a deal with mining magnate Andrew Forrest, which was behind its decision to significantly relax national testing criteria last week.

The PCR test units, manufactured by Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), will keep up Australia’s