Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has said the Australian government is not doing enough to prevent the spread of Covid-19 across the country. 

Speaking on Thursday morning, the outspoken politician said that every Australian should have been given a rapid antigen test for Christmas.

‘If I was Prime Minister, I would have given everyone a Christmas test, in the post, a rapid antigen test,’ she told Channel 9’s Today.

‘Just so everyone can have one on their kitchen bench to check.’

Senator Jacqui Lambie (pictured) says the government is not doing enough to curb the spread of Covid-19

Senator Jacqui Lambie (pictured) says the government is not doing enough to curb the spread of Covid-19

Senator Jacqui Lambie (pictured) says the government is not doing enough to curb the spread of Covid-19

Ms Lambie, who is known for speaking her mind, said that the latest Covid variant, Omicron, is not as bad as the Delta variant that came before it, and that Delta is still a concern.  

‘The other thing that worries me is if the Delta variant gets mixed in, that’s what people are worried about.

‘The Omicron [variant] is not as bad, but if Delta gets back in the mix, that’s what people are concerned about.’

Ms Lambie said that more than anything, people were fed up with dealing with the virus, and the nation needed to move towards normality.

‘But like I said most people are saying, “two years of this crap we’ve had enough, we want to get on with our lives”,’ she said.

The senator has often been an advocate on mental health, and raised the issue of such problems being caused or exacerbated by the spread of Covid-19.

Rapid antigen tests (pictured) should have been sent to everyone in Australia for Christmas, says Senator Jacqui Lambie

Rapid antigen tests (pictured) should have been sent to everyone in Australia for Christmas, says Senator Jacqui Lambie

Rapid antigen tests (pictured) should have been sent to everyone in Australia for Christmas, says Senator Jacqui Lambie

‘We need to weigh up where people are, where people’s mental health is, all the rest and try to get on with this, build some immunity to it and do that very quickly because we do not know what’s going down the line in the future.’

In the latest Covid numbers released on Thursday morning, NSW recorded 12,226 new cases, with 746 people in hospital.

There are 63 Covid-19 patients in NSW intensive care units and one new death was recorded.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS AND CLOSE CONTACTS 

Under the current rules all international arrivals and returned Australian travellers must get a PCR within 24 hours of touching down.

But with Covid testing sites overrun with record high case numbers, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews are calling on the federal government to scrap the system to free up capacity in the healthcare system.

Their plea comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison is urging the states to overhaul the definition of what is considered a close contact.

The prime minister said close contacts should only include someone who has spent at least four hours in a household or a care facility with a positive case.

Mr Morrison also said a close contact should be released from isolation after seven days with a negative antigen test on day six and again on day 12.

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