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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-packs takes off during the Omicron flood.

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

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

Mr Hayward told 7NEWS.com.au the thought came to him subsequent to seeing the dissatisfaction 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 subsequent to beginning work on the site around 10am on Monday morning, inconceivably he had the option to have the site ready for action only hours after the fact.

Mr Hayward declared the send off of his new site on Twitter on Monday evening and many Australians have as of now committed.

“Presenting Find a RAT – Easily find and report on Rapid Antigen Test accessibility across Australia,” the tweet read.

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

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

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

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 as of now added reports to the site itemizing stock at different stores close to them.

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

Be that as it may, Mr Hayward said the site is as yet in its beginning phases and he’s dealing with directing the site to keep away from any deception.

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

“I’m chipping away at some auto-arbitrator stuff right now, yet by and large everyone has been respectful.”

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

“We’re currently 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 declared in excess of 100 million fast tests were coming into the country over the course of the following two months.

While states and regions have requested 84 million of the fast tests, which will be made accessible before very 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 columnists 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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