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A generic image of person holding up a SARS CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test showing a negative test result in Canberra, Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Rapid antigen tests are now available for purchase in supermarkets and pharmacies in most states and territories of Australia. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Another site is assisting frantic Australians with getting their hands on fast antigen tests (RATs) as interest for the DIY-units takes off during the Omicron flood.

The site ‘Find a RAT’ sent off on Monday and goes about as a testing pack finder, assisting occupants with tracking down testing units in their space

The new site was made by programming engineer Matt Hayward, who runs the Melbourne programming organization Pipelabs.

Mr Hayward told the thought came to him subsequent to seeing the disappointment his accomplice confronted attempting to get one of the tests.

“I began the site later my accomplice was searching for a test and had no karma,” he said.

“I thought I’d put my tech abilities to utilize and work out the site today.”

Mr Hayward said in the wake of beginning work on the site around 10am on Monday morning, inconceivably he had the option to have the site going only hours after the fact.

Mr Hayward reported the send off of his new site on Twitter on Monday evening and many Australians have effectively committed.

“Presenting Find a RAT – Easily find and report on Rapid Antigen Test accessibility across Australia

The site’s information is presently publicly supported from client reports.

Australians can sign on to the site and report whether or not a store close to them has supply of quick tests.

‘In stock’ is set apart in green, ‘low stock’ in orange, while ‘no stock’ is demonstrated in red on the guide.

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Clients searching for tests would then be able to look for stock close to their postcode.

While the site is still new, numerous Australians have effectively added reports to the site itemizing stock at different stores close to them.

It’s now going through some early stage troubles, with a couple of clients making jokes when physically entering their reports.

Notwithstanding, Mr Hayward said the site is as yet in its beginning phases and he’s chipping away at directing the site to stay away from any falsehood.

“I’m considering transforming it somewhat so clients require endorsement prior to posting,” he said.

“I’m dealing with some auto-mediator stuff right now, however by and large everyone has been polite.”

PM rejects calls with the expectation of complimentary fast tests
In the mean time, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Sunrise on Monday the fast tests would not be carried out for nothing to general society, notwithstanding COVID-19 case numbers detonating lately and hospitalisations likewise rising.

“We’re presently in a phase of the pandemic where you can’t simply circumvent making everything free,” he said.

“At the point when somebody lets you know they need to make something free, somebody’s continually going to pay for it, and it will be you.”

Wellbeing Minister Greg Hunt likewise reported in excess of 100 million quick tests were coming into the country throughout the following two months.

While states and domains have requested 84 million of the quick tests, which will be made accessible before long, Mr Hunt likewise repeated the tests will not be made free to everybody.

“Assuming there was an unconstrained progression of totally unpriced items, so there was a limitless inventory to an endless number of individuals, then, at that point, obviously that request couldn’t be met,” he told correspondents in Melbourne.

“On top of the 55 million PCR tests, we will have more than 100 million fast antigen tests … accessible throughout the following two months.”

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