Change flagged to COVID-19 testing in Victoria as lines build again

People in Victoria are waiting up to five days for COVID-19 PCR test results with reports a major change is being considered by the state government.

More than 30 cars were at the Albert Park site by 6am today, an hour before it opened, with many people waiting to get tested to go on holiday interstate.

NSW, Victoria and Queensland have all had lengthy lines of hours as well as waits for results over Christmas.

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https://twitter.com/IzaStaskowski/status/1475182726571442176People browse shop the Boxing Day sales in Melbourne, Australia.

However, the Victorian government is considering an overhaul to its isolation rules, with the potential for home rapid antigen tests to clear people from lengthy quarantine, according to The Age.

If it does go ahead, people who have been exposed to COVID-19 in Victoria and are asymptomatic can get cleared with an at home rapid test.

Crowds at the Third Test match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26.

If they test positive, they will have to go for a PCR test, as will household contacts.

By 10am on Boxing Day, 20 clinics across Victoria had already had to close because they had reached capacity.

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Victoria's COVID-19 hospitalisations rates have gone down by 18 in the past seven days.

Lines for COVID-19 testing in Melbourne.

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