ASX increases as the COVID queues become shorter before the new year

Cars are queuing at a Covid test clinic in Sydney and the ASX board shows price changes.

Covid test queues are set to get a bit shorter up until the new year, as states are forced to reconsider their test requirements. (Source: Getty)

ASX: The local market is expected to open higher this morning after Wall Street rose overnight.

This happens after the market was closed during the Christmas and second year holidays.

Wall Street: US markets rose for a time as the conviction in the US economy helped investors shrug Omicron’s concerns.

This comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shortened the recommended isolation time for Americans with asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 to five days from the previous 10-day guidance.

BTC: was down during the night, prolonging the losses after a brief recovery on Monday.

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COVID test: Long queues for COVID-19 testing may become shorter ahead of the new year, with states changing their requirements to meet demand.

Queensland has dropped the day-five test after only 0.6 per cent gave a positive result out of tens of thousands of inoculations.

The ACT began downgrading its advice for many sites identified as random exposure sites to ‘monitor for symptoms’.

And New South Wales also changed the isolation requirements for healthcare professionals, meaning they could return to work seven days earlier.

Opening hours: As December draws to a close, Australians are dusting off their 2022 calendars and getting ready to ring in the new year.

Find out exactly when supermarkets and bottle stores will be open during the new year in your state.

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