Sydney-based laboratory Sidpath said that nearly 1,000 people had been given reports of non-infection before their full COVID-19 reports came in. Sidpath also said on Sunday that 400 people, who had received reports of non-infection, were actually found to be infected.
The SidPath laboratory at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney said that 995 people who were tested for COVID-19 between 23 and 24 December had been given non-infectious reports before the full report came out.
“In fact, their exact results had not been determined until then,” the laboratory said in a statement on Monday. The lab said, “We apologize for the error….”
The laboratory termed the incorrect report as human error and said the testing system was under a lot of pressure. “‘Sidpath’, has rectified the flaw to ensure that such mistakes do not happen again,” it said.
At the same time, in the city of New South Wales, the first death from the new form of corona virus ‘Omicon’ has been confirmed and more than six thousand new cases of Covid-19 were reported.
One person infected with ‘Omicron’ has died in western Sydney. He had been fully vaccinated, but had some serious health issues.
At the same time, according to official figures, 6,324 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the country’s most populous New South Wales on Monday. There, 524 people are hospitalized and 55 people are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In view of the increasing cases of Covid-19, some new rules were also implemented in New South Wales on Monday.
Health Minister Brad Hazard said that the state government is considering doing away with the requirement of isolation for health workers who have come in contact with the infected due to the shortage of staff.
Meanwhile, 1,999 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Victoria on Monday and three more patients died of the infection.
AP Niharika Manisha