Tasmanians are heeding advice to get tested and get vaccinated

Peter Gutwein,Premier

Another record day of Tasmanians turning out for testing has revealed no new positive COVID-19 cases to date and is very welcome news.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 1,769 tests have taken place.

This rate of response helps to give us the information we need to make good decisions about our response to COVID-19 and this lockdown.

I want to thank Tasmanians for stepping forward to get tested.

This 3-day snap lockdown is challenging and frustrating for the businesses impacted, and I also want to thank our business community for working with us at this time.

At the end of the day the actions taken by Public Health are to protect all Tasmanians including business owners, their families, their staff and their customers, and to minimise any disruption.

By going hard and going early our aim is to get through this as quickly as possible, significantly reducing the risk of a prolonged lockdown.

I am hopeful that should we find ourselves in a similar position tomorrow that we will be able to exit lockdown, as planned, on Monday 18 October at 6pm.

But we need to provide the confidence that public health needs to provide advice on these decisions.

So I urge Tasmanians with even the mildest of symptoms, particularly in southern Tasmania, to step forward for testing today.

And a strong reminder to Tasmanians in lockdown that you can leave home to be vaccinated.

Now is the time to protect yourself, and your loved ones against COVID-19.

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