Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Scott Morrison has been accused of allowing Aussies to be 'ripped off' for rapid COVID-19 tests, as the ACCC said it will investigate price gouging. More than two dozen private testing sites are temporarily shut in Sydney as NSW case numbers rose to more than 23,000 infections. Victoria's COVID-19 cases almost doubled overnight, with many testing sites also closed. Queensland has 5699 new COVID-19 cases, 170 in hospital. South Australia has 3246 new cases, more than 100 in hospital. Almost four million Aussies are now eligible for their booster. And the NT is the latest jurisdiction to drop PCR tests for travel.
– ACCC to investigate complaints of price gouging on rapid antigen tests
– Morrison accused of allowing Aussies to be 'ripped off' for rapid tests
– NSW sets new COVID-19 record as 23,131 daily infections recorded
– Victoria COVID-19 case numbers soar as 54 testing sites close
– Queensland records 5699 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalisations rise
That concludes today's live news blog.
Here's what happened.
Scott Morrison has been accused of allowing Aussies to be 'ripped off' for rapid COVID-19 tests, as the ACCC said it will investigate price gouging.
More than two dozen private testing sites temporarily shut in Sydney as NSW case numbers rose to more than 23,000.
Victoria's COVID-19 cases almost doubled overnight to more than 14,000, with many testing sites also closed.
Queensland had 5699 new COVID-19 cases, and there are 170 people in hospital with the virus.
South Australia recorded 3246 new cases, with Australia now topping 47,000 new infections in a day.
However, across the nation there are a relatively low 362 people in hospital, including 194 in ICU.
The NT was the latest jurisdiction to drop PCR tests for travel.
And almost four million Aussies are now eligible for their COVID-19 booster.
International arrivals into Queensland now have to quarantine for twice as long as locals who actually have COVID-19, infuriating some Australians returning to the Sunshine State.
Queensland agreed to new rules discussed in National Cabinet last week to reduce the self-isolation period for COVID-19 patients and their close contacts to seven days.
But the state has kept a rule forcing anyone coming from overseas — except New Zealand — whether vaccinated or not, to quarantine for 14 days at home or a government-arranged hotel.
A father-of-two has been identified after he drowned at a lake in Mt Annan, south of Sydney, yesterday.
Police divers were called to the lake on Swansona Avenue, Mt Annan, on Monday afternoon after searches failed to find 38-year-old Fahim Wakili.
Mr Wakili had waded in to grab his son's soccer ball just before 5pm yesterday when he disappeared beneath the surface.
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Dr Bennett said the rapid antigen test (RAT) availability issue should be resolved shortly as more supply arrives in the country.
"They're continuing to come in and over the next week or so I think and I think the government announced it earlier, we certainly should see up to upwards of 100 million rapid antigen tests coming into the country," Dr Bennett said.
"So we'll have plenty of tests for people to access as they need."
Dr Bennett acknowledged that RAT availability is an issue that is being seen across the world.
But as more supply of RATs come in, she said it will become even easier to get one.
"Testing will is accessible and will become even more accessible," she said.
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