In an Australian first, SA Health has opened a drive-through coronavirus testing facility at Adelaide’s Repat Hospital.

The move comes ahead of an expected surge in the cases of COVID-19 infections, on a day when the number of confirmed cases of the virus surpassed 100 in Australia.

However, if you were hoping to simply roll up and find out whether you’re carrying the virus or not, you might be disappointed.

Patients seeking testing will need to have a referral from their GP, who will be given an allocated time to arrive at the dedicated centre.

They will then stay in their car, with SA Pathology nurses taking test swabs through the driver’s window to save on time.

The centre expects to operate for 9 hours per day with a patient being tested once every 20 minutes.

A second, similar clinic in the northern suburbs is also being considered. The drive-through clinic opens after three dedicated COVID-19 centres opened in SA over the past week.

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