With the increasing prevalence of the omicron variant, the number of Covid tests in Australia has also accelerated, but it appears that as testing numbers increase, labs can’t always keep up.
This is how a Sydney lab, SydPath, might give hundreds of people incorrect results. The lab said Tuesday that the condition affected 886 people, 400 of whom were mistakenly told they had tested negative for the coronavirus on Christmas Day. They were only notified of the error the next day, which is also a problem because many of them went home at Christmas to spend Christmas.
As it turns out, there were 486 more people in the past who were mistakenly told they weren’t coronaviruses, so a total of 886 people walked out.
In its latest announcement, SydPath said it switched from an automated system to a manual system to handle the increased workload, which caused a data processing error. Since then, the lab has returned to its automated system and plans to reduce the number of Covid tests processed to maintain test quality.
Meanwhile, there has been a significant increase in the number of newly registered coronavirus infections in Australia, according to a summary by health authorities on Tuesday, where an omicron virus variant was first blamed:
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