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Expanded testing criteria

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Tasmania has now gone 8 days without recording a new case of coronavirus. 

As of 12pm Sunday, there were only 11 active cases across the state: 10 from the North West and 1 from the North. 

Nearly 25,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out here, but the state government is currently struggling to reach the 500 per-day mark it's aiming for.

As a result, the testing criteria is being broadened to: 

- All persons presenting with respiratory symptoms, or with history of recent respiratory symptoms (within the last 7 days)
- All hospital patients who are being discharged to residential aged care facilities (mandatory)
- Healthcare Workers who are symptomatic (mandatory) or asymptomatic (voluntary)
- Close contacts between days 10-12 of quarantine periods (voluntary, from next week)
- Non-essential travellers between days 10-12 of quarantine periods (voluntary, from next week)

From this week there'll be pop-up testing clinics operating Tuesday-Thursday from 10am, starting at Mowbray Racecourse in the North and the Derwent Entertainment Centre in the South.

Sorell and Prospect will host pop-up clinics in the following week.

Health Minister Sarah Courtney says no bookings are required.

"You just need to turn up. This helps break down barriers for people wanting to get tested and ensures that we've got good coverage across our state," she said.

"Tasmanians have been doing a great job at following the rules and getting themselves tested, but we want to see even more."

This weekend there's been mobile testing sites at George Town, Oatlands and Nubeena - with Dunalley, Triabunna, Rosebery, Queenstown, and Deloraine to be visited next weekend. 

Labor and the Greens argue there should be random testing. 

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