Aust importer fined for 13,500 RAT catch

More than 13,000 COVID-19 rapid tests have been seized at the border after they were illegally imported from abroad.

An Australia-based importer has been fined more than $10,000 after buying 13,500 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests from abroad.

The national drug regulatory agency, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has fined the individual four for illegally importing the RATs.

It claims the import tests were not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. They have been seized at the international border and will not be released to the Australian market.

The TGA has officially approved 47 types of rapid test kits for home use in Australia.

Self-test kits for COVID-19 were green-lit for Australian use in November last year, but were in short supply in early 2022 as the first Omicron wave swept through the community.

Supply problems have eased in recent months as governments and the private sector have carried out additional testing and infections have stabilized.

Australia reported nearly 32,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including more than 18,000 confirmed via RATs.

An additional 50 COVID-related deaths were also recorded across the country, bringing the toll to 288 in the past week.

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