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Perrottet stands by decision to ease restrictions as NSW records 11,201 Covid cases and Omicron surges around Australia

Dramatic rise in infections comes as Queensland announces it will drop PCR test requirement for interstate arrivals and South Australia drops pre-departure PCR tests

The New South Wales government has told people travelling to Queensland over the holiday period not to line up for Covid-19 tests, conceding that pressures on the PCR system mean results are unlikely to be returned within the 72-hour window required to enter the sunshine state.

As daily case numbers in NSW almost doubled to 11,201 the premier, Dominic Perrottet, apologised for the strain on the state’s testing capacity which has seen long delays at Covid clinics throughout the state, but said people should not be in line for tests unless they were sick.

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