‘Chaos and panic’ in Fairfield as ‘genuinely sick LEAVE testing lines’ after queuing for hours

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The NSW government is expected to extend a lockdown for Greater Sydney as thousands of essential workers in the city’s south west struggle to get tested for COVID-19, with some waiting up to six hours.

People in the Fairfield local government area, which is the new epicentre of the outbreak, were waiting in their cars in queues stretching for kilometres to get tested at a showground.

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The rush came after the state government on Tuesday announced new restrictions for essential workers who must now get tested every three days if they work outside the area.

Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone says the new rules have created bedlam at testing sites in the area due to the sudden influx.

Long queues of cars are seen at a pop-up COVID testing clinic at the Fairfield Showgrounds in Sydney. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

“We support more testing, but only with the right resources,” he said.

“Congratulations Gladys, you have done our city a disservice and just stopped any person that doesn’t work outside the area, who genuinely has symptoms and needs a test, from getting tested.

“I have been notified that some residents that are genuinely sick have left the lines after 1 and half hours and returned home.

“Our testing clinics are in chaos and panic tonight and this cannot go on for days without the proper resources.”

The local community had already responded to the government’s calls to get tested, he said.

Anyone from Greater Sydney travelling to the regions for work must be tested weekly, but those workers have until Saturday until the order is policed.

Meanwhile, NSW Health has flagged 30 more venues of concern visited by people with COVID-19.

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