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Dion O'Neale: Not many people are showing symptoms, therefore not getting tested

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Publish Date
Tue, 8 Feb 2022, 6:50pm
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Dion O'Neale: Not many people are showing symptoms, therefore not getting tested

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 8 Feb 2022, 6:50pm

An expert is downplaying fears our low testing rates mean we're missing Omicron infections. 

Only about 13-thousand tests were administered on Sunday, a big fall from a daily test tally of around 20-thousand last week. 

Auckland University modeller Dion O'Neale told Heather du Plessis-Allan the main reason to test is when people are symptomatic. 

But he says people reporting through the flu-tracking survey are also relatively low on symptoms. 

Dion O'Neale says daily test positivity has risen a little – but nothing like the rates seen in countries with uncontrolled spread. 

“So they have gone up a little bit in the past week but they haven’t jumped to some huge level.” 

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