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Testing capacity boosted

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New equipment and an expansion at the Royal Hobart Hospital Molecular Laboratory is set to boost Tasmania's COVID-19 testing capacity.

The lab will be able to process more than 1000 tests per day, after the Alinity-m and MagNa Pure 96 are installed this week.

Head of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Infectious Diseases Dr Louise Cooley says along with significantly boosting the number of daily tests results possible, more rapid testing is also possible for certain situations.

"So if we have people presenting to hospital who need surgery, we can get them tested much more quickly," she said.  

"Rapid identification and response to emerging clusters and outbreaks will help to minimise any transmission in the event of an outbreak," Health Minister Sarah Courtney said.

"Tasmanians can be comforted that we have new capacity in our labs and testing clinics to respond to testing demand."

Over 74,000 tests have been carried out in Tasmania.