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PCR testing rules eased, some free rapid tests but no universal access

As Australia inches closer to 100,000 COVID-19 cases a day, more testing sites were closed on Wednesday and new rules on free access to rapid antigen tests (RATs) were issued following a national cabinet meeting. Up to ten RATs will be provided free over three months to pensioners and those holding concession and health cards, the Prime Minister announced Wednesday, while anyone who does test positive will no longer be required to undertake a PCR test to confirm their diagnosis. Instead, they are asked to report the result to their doctor. It’s unclear yet how positive results will be…