Infectious disease expert Professor Robert Booy has said the $1000 fine for not registering a positive rapid antigen result in NSW is an unnecessary “stick”.
“People who do an RAT do it because they need to, because they have to, because they want to,” he said.
“They will report that. They’re responsible people.”
And he urged caution on the revelation that 78,000 RAT results – dating back to January 1 – had been recorded in NSW as of last night, after online registration opened at 9am yesterday.
“It’s obviously concerning, but remember, it’s Omicron, it’s not nearly as severe as Delta,” Professor Booy said.
“People are still getting into hospital. We have capacity in intensive care units. In terms of the total number of beds that are possible, we’re only filling about a quarter of those.”
He acknowledged the hospital system was set for more strain but that cases would go down in February.