Isolation shortened to seven days

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Virus outbreak in Australia

As of December 31, new regulations on mandatory isolation are in force throughout Australia for people infected with covid, as well as for close contacts of those infected.

Also, the National Cabinet redefined the meaning of the term “close contact”.

How long does home insulation last?

Persons who have been confirmed positive for kovid should now be isolated for seven days, starting from the day they were tested by PCR test which had a positive result. So far, the mandatory isolation has lasted for ten days.

A person who was positive must do a quick antigen test at home on the sixth day of isolation, and if the result is negative, he can leave the isolation on the seventh day.

Who are the close contacts?

As of December 31, only those who live in the same household with an infected person or who have spent more than four hours in the company of a positive person at home, in a hotel or in one of the care institutions are considered close contact.

Contact with a positive person in a store, restaurant or similar environment is not considered close contact.

How long does insulation for close contacts last?

If a person who is in close contact has symptoms of the disease, he must immediately do a PCR test and be isolated for seven days.

If a person is asymptomatic, it is necessary to do a quick antigen test at home, and only if the result is positive, it is necessary to do a PCR test and isolate for seven days.

What if RAT is negative?

If the RAT test is negative, it is necessary to stay in isolation for a week from the day when the infected member of the household was positive for covid, because it is possible that the symptoms will develop a little later.

It is also necessary to repeat the RAT test at home on the sixth day from the first contact with the infected person. In case the RAT is then positive, a PCR test and seven more days of isolation are necessary, which will extend the period of house quarantine to a total of 14 days.

If you do not meet any of the above conditions of the new definition of close contact, you can continue with a normal life, go out, go to the beach and have any other activities.

It is not necessary to go to the PCR testing points and stand in line, it is stated in the explanation of the National Cabinet.

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