Testing blunders have added to the Christmas chaos after St Vincent‘s Hospital in Sydney revealed it had told 950 people they were COVID-19 negative when their results hadn’t been returned yet.

The hospital’s pathology department confirmed on Tuesday that 486 – more than half – of those who were initially told they were negative had in fact tested positive.

This is on top of the more than 400 people who initially received a negative result on Christmas Day only to be notified on Boxing Day they had actually tested positive.

On Tuesday NSW recorded 6062 infections, down 172 on the day before. The state also reported one death.


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