Chaotic scenes at test centre as nurses, doctors and essential workers are forced to queue for EIGHT HOURS after being ordered to undergo a swab just to leave home in Covid hotspot – as mayor pleads: ‘They’re only trying to help us all by working’
- Fairfield locals who work outside the LGA ordered to get tested every three days
- Residents responded to the call in droves, sparking chaos outside testing centre
- Queues stretched for kilometres with locals waiting up to eight hours for test
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Residents in the Fairfield local government area in Sydney’s south-west who work outside the region must now get tested every three days in a desperate effort to curb the city’s Covid-19 horror outbreak.
There were astonishing scenes at a 24-hour testing centre at Fairfield Showground as the queue of locals stretched for kilometres along Smithfield Road at 6am Wednesday, sparking traffic chaos.
Many locals slept in their cars as they queued to be tested overnight while residents who live in the area complained about being unable to drive out of their street due to the traffic bedlam.
Fairfield workers arrived in droves following orders to be tested every three days, sparking traffic chaos near a 24 hour testing centre early Wednesday morning
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone described the scenes as chaos as he slammed the new rules announced by the NSW government a day earlier.
‘These are people that want to get tested, these are doctors and nurses, people that help our community, they work far and wide and these are essential workers,’ Mr Carbone told the Today show on Wednesday.
‘I think that the plan to get the mandated plan where people need to get tested two times a week, once every three days, was very badly thought out.
‘We need more testing clinics, we need more vaccines. The government needs to listen to news the community. People can’t get out of their cars, people cannot sleep and people cannot get tested, most importantly.’
It’s estimated around 45,000 local residents work outside the Fairfield LGA.
An aerial shot of Smithfield Road early Wednesday morning showed the queue for the testing clinic at Fairfield Showground stretching for kilometres
Mr Carbone has been inundated with complaints from frustrated locals regarding the long queues to be tested.
‘Yesterday, I got complaints from people who were sick who want to get tested, who can’t afford to wait six hours in a queue and have gone home,’ he said.
‘It’s unfortunate that the government has done this. I don’t think they understood the magnitude of it and I don’t think they understood the amount of essential workers we have in Fairfield.’
One frustrated local who queued up to be tested on his way to work told the program at 7am he’d be in the queue for three hours already.
Today show host Karl Stefanovic was shocked by the scenes and claims locals are waiting up to eight hours to be tested.
‘This is absolutely disgusting for the people of Fairfield that they have to wait that long at a testing clinic,’ he said.
‘It is not good enough for the people of Fairfield.
‘They’re doing the right thing this morning and they’re being badly let down.’
Sydney’s lockdown is expected to be extended into a fourth week after NSW recorded 89 new cases on Tuesday, following 112 new infections a day earlier.
Locals are waiting up to eight hours to be tested at Fairfield Showground, where the testing clinic is now open 24 hours. Pictured is the traffic queue
Coronavirus Australia: Chaos in Fairfield after workers were ordered to be tested every three days