Rapid test requests; setting up test queues; Novak Djokovic has granted an exemption at the Australian Open; NSW cases are increasing with 35,054 new infections and eight deaths; 17,636 cases and 11 deaths in Victoria

Dr John Gerrard acknowledged that it was becoming increasingly difficult to access PCR tests and rapid antigenic tests in Queensland.

Most people who catch Omicron will experience mild symptoms, he said.

“What I’m suggesting to you is that if you’re sick with these symptoms just assume it’s COVID-19 and stay home.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the number of healthcare workers now falling ill with COVID was putting pressure on testing centers and hospitals.

Some testing clinics have reduced their capacity by 50%, she said.

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