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Western Australia To Implement ‘Door Knocking’ COVID Tests

The random testing across Western Australia will not be mandatory and will be conducted by the Telethon Kids Institute.

In an attempt to catch undiagnosed COVID cases, and understand how much of the virus is present in the community, Western Australia will employ a new testing strategy.

Mark McGowan’s government has provided more than $130,000 to the Telethon Kids Institute to go door-to-door across a range of metropolitan Perth suburbs, asking household members if they would like to do a COVID-19 test.

The state's COVID-19 cases ballooned to 7151 new infections yesterday, the highest the state has ever recorded.

"We are very close to hitting the peak of COVID-19 cases in Western Australia, so now is the ideal time for this study to be conducted," WA Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said.

"We have always suspected that there are more COVID-19 cases in the community than daily testing results show." Sanderson said.

Residents will put saliva on the end of a cue tip which will go into a tube to be processed.

They will also be asked questions about their age, type of work or study and vaccination status.

The project aims to test a total of 875 people.