Thousands of people have spent hours in line for COVID-19 testing across Australia

thousands of people have spent hours in line for covid 19 testing across australia

Victorians and Queenslanders are facing six-hour queues at testing clinics as authorities plead for patience.

Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast centres are all reporting massive wait times on Sunday, after desperate pleas from Victorian and Queensland authorities.

Meanwhile, New South Wales Health is urging more people to get tested, after the state recorded eight new cases on Sunday morning out of 18,923 tests.

Camera IconFour-hour queues were being experienced on Sunday at the Royal Brisbane Hospital’s COVID-19 testing clinic. Credit: News Corp Australia, John Gass

Despite the long queue times, Queensland continued its run of zero COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

On Saturday, Queensland’s chief health officer said anyone in Queensland who had entered the state from Victoria since December 21 to immediately get tested and isolate until they received a negative result.

It prompted hundreds to flock to Brisbane’s only late-night testing clinic, the Royal Brisbane Hospital, only to be told they could not be tested as the centre was closing at 9pm.

Thousands of Queenslanders have spent Sunday morning standing or sitting in queues, some as long as six hours.

ABC Breakfast host Lisa Millar tweeted from a Gold Coast clinic that she had moved “about 100 metres since she joined the queue two hours ago.”

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