New COVID test rules are having an immediate effect judging by numbers at the Sutherland Hospital clinic on Friday.
At various time during the morning, there were no more than 15-20 people waiting to be tested.
The end of the line was near the gate at the eastern end of the hospital grounds, compared with the situation earlier this week when the line stretched along Kingsway and into the main entrance driveway.
Meanwhile, the number of active COVID cases in Sutherland Shire has doubled in two days to nearly 4000.
NSW Health data revealed 3942 active cases as of 8pm on Thursday December 30, compared with 2002 on Tuesday December 28.
Active cases across the state also rose steeply.
There were nearly 21,000 new cases and six deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, compared with 12,226 the previous day.
There are 832 COVID-19 cases in hospital (compared with 746 cases a day earlier), with 69 people in intensive care, 19 of whom require ventilation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a further change to testing rules on Friday.
Confirmed COVID cases will no longer need to get a rapid antigen test on their sixth day they are quarantining, but will have to remain in isolation if they still have symptoms.
Mr Morrison said the change had been agreed to by government leaders following further consultation with chief medical and health officers.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the NSW Government would immediately implement the new rules agreed to by National Cabinet, which are:
Positive COVID-19 case
Defined as: A household contact, or where more than four hours of exposure has occurred in a residential setting; and contacts in a setting where NSW Health has determined there to be a high level of transmission.
All other contacts
If you have symptoms
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