“It’s about people who are needed for the economy, or going back to school and of course in the health sector,” he said.
The Q man with lymphoma has been living in a self-imposed lockdown since he began treatment in November.
Mr. Harris and his wife go to the store for essentials, but that’s it. Because her immune system is “wiped out” from monthly chemotherapy sessions, they are afraid to go on social trips or take friends and family home without the safety of a quick test.
Even her mandatory PCR tests before going to the hospital for monthly chemotherapy are not being returned in time before her session.
Mr Harris’s friend Dustin Barter, a former Melbourne who lives in Thailand as a relief worker, is sending quick test parcels to friends and family in Melbourne who can’t get their hands on them locally.
In Chiang Mai, northern Thailand where he lives, government-controlled rapid tests cost $ 2 to $ 4 each and can be easily ordered and delivered online, or purchased from pharmacies and convenience stores.
“You can order packs online and have them delivered in two to three days.” A pack of 20 costs about 40 40, ”said Mr. Barter.
He said he was surprised by the RAT deficit in Australia. “It’s not that rapid testing is a new technology or something else. They have been using these in the UK for a long time and they are extremely effective. That’s wonderful. “
In Australia, many have found crowdsourced websites findarat.com.au, Made by 24-year-old Melbourne software engineer Matthew HaywardAs a two-edged sword, the crowd rushes to retailers as soon as they are listed on the website as having stock.
Some have found more luck in many local Facebook groups, e.g. Rapid Antigen Test (Covid-19) Brisbane, Started by Brisbane Kindergarten teacher Angela Owens.
Mrs Owens started the group for locals two weeks ago, she was upset to see prices rising around town. His group now has more than 10,000 members who post dozens of real-time tips, including stock in Brisbane stores.
“People are posting [in the group] Since they are lined up at the store, it’s not real-time – they don’t do data logging later that night when they get home, “he said.
“[Locals] Then you can say ‘Oh great, I can get off the duck and get there in half an hour’, he said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission last week launched an investigation into more than 1,000 reports of price increases from the public, and a spokesman confirmed this week that apps like Airtasker are part of their scope.
A spokesman said: “The ACC is also looking at quick test pricing reports in online marketplaces, and most have policies in place to prevent the sale of such items,” a spokesman said.
A spokesman for Airtasker said the platform had no concerns about the platform’s trade.
“Airtaskar’s priority is to build a community that follows the rules, to connect with people who need to work, with those who have the skills or abilities to do the job,” he said.
“In this example, it is providing RAT testing, which helps Australians do the right thing and stay isolated.”
Of the federal government Anti-price measures, Which will remain in effect until February 17, will ban people who buy test kits from a retailer that sells more than 120 percent of what they provide, and exports them without a valid discount.
The federal government said on Friday that there were 200 million test kits en route to Australia when state and federal orders were merged, although that included several months of shipments.
The government has said it expects to distribute 10 million RATs to states and territories this week and beyond, while it has an additional 80 million units on order.
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