13 Aug 2020

Covid-19 testing in Auckland breaks previous single-day record

6:30 pm on 13 August 2020

Nearly 8000 people were tested for the coronavirus in Auckland yesterday, smashing the previous record.

Testing in Northcote looked to be busy as Auckland city moved into level 3.

A Covid-19 testing centre in Northcote. Photo: RNZ / Jordan Bond

In a statement, the city's DHBs said 7800 people were tested yesterday. The previous record was 6407 on 24 June.

Demand was still high today, the DHBs said.

Nine pop-up testing clinics have opened in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 15 - as well as many GP clinics.

By 2pm, the 15 community testing centres in Auckland had swabbed 2921 people.

In addition, general practices and urgent care clinics also reported a busy morning.

The central city Eden Terrace clinic is being moved to Eden Park to avoid the traffic hold ups it has caused.

Testing for Covid-19 is free.

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