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Tasmania records 702 new COVID-19 cases

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The Tasmanian government is sending a COVID-19 testing team to remote King Island. Photo: AAP
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Tasmania has reported 702 new COVID-19 cases, a daily record, as the government moves to increase testing capacity.

It comes after the discovery of cases on a cruise ship docked at Hobart and infections linked to a Launceston music festival.

Active infections on the island state have risen to 2244 cases, with 2088 tests processed on Monday.

Tasmania’s previous daily case high of 466 was reported on Monday.

Seventy-one cases are being cared for at community case management facilities and 275 are being managed at home.

There are three people in hospital, one being treated specifically for COVID-19 and two positive patients for other conditions. No one is in intensive care.

From Wednesday, a new testing clinic will open at Kingston to increase testing capacity.

The drive-through clinic at Kingborough Sports Centre will be open from 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced on Tuesday.

“Pleasingly, we have now seen close to 300 people recover from COVID-19 and subsequently be released from isolation – with 149 people released just overnight,” he said.

“Whilst case numbers will continue to increase – and may lead to more people needing to be hospitalised – only one person is currently in hospital for COVID-19-related reasons, and no one has required ICU or ventilation. These are the statistics that matter.”

On Monday, two people who tested positive on the Coral Discoverer cruise ship were removed from the vessel.

About 60 passengers and 30 staff remained on board to be tested, with contact tracing under way.

People who attended the Party In the Apocalypse at Launceston’s Inveresk Park on December 27 and 28 were also being asked to carefully monitor for symptoms with two dozen infections linked to the event, attended by about 10,000 fans.