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Tasmania to lift close contact isolation rule

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Tasmania has announced it will soon drop the seven-day isolation requirement for close contacts of COVID-19 cases.

The rule would be lifted from 12.01am on Monday in line with national and state public health advice, Premier Jeremy Rockliff said on Wednesday.

“Close contacts will still be required to follow a series of measures,” he said.

“Anyone who experiences COVID-19 symptoms will still be required to isolate and get tested immediately”

Close contacts must take a daily rapid antigen test, wear a face mask when outside of the home and indoor spaces, Mr Rockliff said.

They must also advise their workplace of their close contact status and avoid high-risk premises such as aged care facilities and hospitals.

“Close contacts will also be required to work from home where possible and avoid large gatherings,” he said.

NSW, Victoria and the ACT have already ditched the seven-day isolation requirement and Queensland is following suit at 6pm on Thursday.

South Australia will from Saturday drop the need to isolate unless showing symptoms, while other states and territories have also announced rules will be wound back.

– AAP

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