Australia might change Covid-19 isolation rule, hints Nick Coatsworth

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  • Former deputy chief medical officer, Nick Coatsworth has hinted that Covid-19 related isolation rules might change in Australia.
  • Aussies who have come into touch with Covid-19 bearers, might not be required to complete a seven-day quarantine.
  • But health experts would not remove all the restrictions right away, as the wait-and-see approach might be adopted.

Former deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth has signaled that there can be a modification in current Covid-19 related isolation rules in Australia.

As per the present isolation guidelines, affected individuals and the people who came in touch with the infected person are required to undergo a week of isolation. This might come to an end. Those Aussies who have contracted Covid-19 might not be required to complete a seven-day quarantine.

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On Thursday (10 March 2022), Coatsworth suggested that the changes in the isolation rule could be observed within a month in Australia. He reportedly said that,

He added that health experts would not remove all the restrictions just yet. The wait-and-see approach might be adopted before scrapping off isolation related restrictions.

The anticipation is based upon the change in the isolation rules introduced across the globe.

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Change in isolation rules across the globe

In UK – Last month, Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, announced that all restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including quarantine rules, would be scrapped.

In the US - Individuals tested positive for Covid-19 have to undergo a quarantine of 5 days. The individual would complete additional five days of mask hearing if he/she still shows some symptoms.

In New Zealand – Chris Hipkins, Covid-19 response minister of New Zealand, declared a reduction in the isolation days from 10 to 7 days for infected individuals and household contacts. It will be kicking off on 11 March.

In Ontario – Located in central Canada, Ontario will scrap mask mandate across the province in stores, gyms, restaurants and schools from March 2021. By the end of April, other Covid-19 regulations might be scrapped.

New isolation rules in Western Australia

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Western Australia announced new isolation requirements for critical workers, schools, and those infected with Covid-19, kicking off from today. Now, the daycare children and primary school students are not required to isolate themselves if any classmate tests positive. However, children need to undergo self-isolation if a household member contracts Covid-19.

What is the Covid-19 status of Australia?

Around 12 million Australians in the age group of 16 plus have received the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Individuals who came in touch with the infected person are already exempted from the quarantine if they test negative. Therefore, essential workers in the health, transportation, warehousing and food and grocery industries who are tagged as a close contract can continue their work if tested negative.

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Australia had witnessed the peak in omicron cases in December 2021 but now, as per the reports, there is a reduction in hospitalisations and ICU numbers. Also, people are now getting back to work.



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