Dominic Perrottet slams ‘disgraceful’ theft of 42,000 RATs

Jan 19, 2022
“The incident was reported to police and inquiries are continuing,” Source: Getty

As the nation struggles with ongoing Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) shortages, thieves have delivered a devastating blow after 42,000 rapid antigen tests worth more than $500,000 were stolen from a warehouse in Sydney.

Police responded to reports a man entered a freight depot in Mascot about 3.20pm on Tuesday, January 18 and “took possession” of the tests.

“The incident was reported to police and inquiries are continuing,” shared a NSW Police spokesperson told news.com.au. New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet condemned the thieves actions, and said those responsible would be found.

“At a time when everyone across our state has made incredible efforts in keeping people safe, in making sacrifices, what a disgraceful act,” he said. “And the police will catch you.”

Despite a recent push by the government to transition from PCR testing to RAT, there has been a significant shortage of the tests across Australia, with many criticising Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government for yet another slow rollout.

Across 2021, news cycles focussed heavily on Morrison, and his perceived failure to prepare Australia for a significant Covid-19 outbreak, for not being more urgent in his acquisition and rollout of vaccines for the Australian population.

However, all is not lost for Morrison, with the PM still sitting in the big chair in the lead up to the 2021 federal election.

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