“The price has come down dramatically, the cost was averaging $24-$25 per test in January, they’re now down to about $8 a test,” he told Melbourne’s 3AW radio.
“All of the modelling indicates that case numbers and hospitalisations have further to go over probably the next four to six weeks,” he told 3AW.
Those who lost 20 or more hours of work were entitled to $750.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese gets his fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose at a chemist in Rozelle, Sydney, on Tuesday. Source: AAP / Dean Lewins
As case numbers rise across the country, Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said hospitals could hold back some elective surgery due to the strain on the system.
While case numbers have increased and calls have grown for mask mandates to return, Mr Albanese said he would follow health advice on the issue.
NSW and Western Australia have already followed suit.