Omicron | Demand for RATs Soaring

Sparking fears the at-home testing kits could soon come under the same pressure as toilet paper did earlier in the pandemic, demand for rapid antigen tests (RATs) is soaring alongside Covid-19 infections.

New infections neared 20,000 yesterday, and while free PCR and RAT testing is available to those with symptoms or who are household contacts - with the Ministry of Health's central supply not available for public sale - many people are seeking self-testing options.

One pharmacist described the "desperation" from the public for RATs, which saw her five pharmacies sell around 6000 tests in one day.