Reports isolation time for COVID-19 cases to be slashed

There are moves to cut the isolation times for people with COVID-19 as more virus sufferers in New South Wales are told to manage their symptoms at home. NSW cut the isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 to 10 days last week, but the Sydney Morning Herald is today reporting that further reductions are under consideration. State Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he believed the proposal was worth "strong consideration". READ MORE: Black Jack claims line honours in Sydney to Hobart It follows a move by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to shorten the recommended isolation time for COVID-19 patients to five days, if they are asymptomatic. The CDC similarly shortened the isolation time for close contacts - even recommending zero days in isolation for people who have had booster shots. Meanwhile, NSW continues to call for people to avoid PCR testing unless they are directed to get one or have COVID-19 symptoms, with testing clinics overrun around the state. READ..

There are moves to cut the isolation times for people with COVID-19 as more virus sufferers in New South Wales are told to manage their symptoms at home.

NSW cut the isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 to 10 days last week, but the Sydney Morning Herald is today reporting that further reductions are under consideration.

State Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he believed the proposal was worth "strong consideration".

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It follows a move by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to shorten the recommended isolation time for COVID-19 patients to five days, if they are asymptomatic.

The CDC similarly shortened the isolation time for close contacts – even recommending zero days in isolation for people who have had booster shots.

Meanwhile, NSW continues to call for people to avoid PCR testing unless they are directed to get one or have COVID-19 symptoms, with testing clinics overrun around the state.

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Yesterday, at least one clinic was forced to turn people away even before it opened, as those seeking tests queued overnight.

But Pharmacy Guild of Australia NSW president David Heffernan said there was a shortage of rapid antigen tests on shelves due to the public holidays.

"Having these announcements obviously don't help when pharmacies don't have the ability to top up," he said.

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"There has been a spike in the demand of rapid antigen tests and therefore a lot of pharmacies have been depleted."

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said more stock had been ordered.

"We've put an order in for 20 million rapid tests and my understanding is they will be available by the end of January," he said.

NSW reported 6062 new COVID-19 cases and one death yesterday, with intensive care admissions rising only slightly.

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