In short: yes. The closure of PCR testing sites means that many, many cases are not being officially registered. The article mentions that in the UK, rapid antigen tests are plentiful and freely available, and that they have a system for recording cases diagnosed that way, adding them to the official number. Meanwhile in Australia, we have a massive shortage of RATs and the government is refusing to provide them freely except to those who can jump through a ridiculous number of hoops, because ScoMo’s priority is “not undercutting private business” instead of human life or wellbeing. We are fucked.
Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.