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Australia to end mandatory home isolation for COVID-19 patients

Australia to end mandatory home isolation for COVID-19 patients

Customers queue outside a Western Sydney chemist to purchase rapid antigen test kits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sydney, Australia, Jan 5, 2022. (File photo: Reuters/Jaimi Joy)

SYDNEY: Australia will end the mandatory five-day home quarantine for COVID-infected people on Oct 14, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Friday (Sep 30), as the country scrapped one of the last remaining restrictions from the pandemic era.

"We want a policy that promotes resilience and capacity-building and reduces a reliance on government intervention," Albanese said during a media briefing.

After largely containing the virus through tough border restrictions and snap lockdowns earlier in the pandemic, Australia began living with the virus from early this year through a staggered easing of curbs in the wake of higher vaccinations.

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Source: Reuters/lk
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