COVID update: Scott Morrison’s proposed changes to Australia’s rules for close contact BLASTED by epidemiologist as ‘JUST NOT TRUE’

A leading epidemiologist has hit on proposed changes to Australia’s COVID-19 isolation rules.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has convened a quick meeting of the National Cabinet on Thursday where state and territory leaders will be asked to agree on a national definition of close contact.

Watch Professor Nancy Baxter talk to Sunrise about the proposal in the video player above

During the shaking, close contact would be limited to people exposed to the virus in a household for more than four hours.

This means that people who only spent a small amount of time near an infected person would have to monitor for symptoms instead of being tested and isolated.

Scott Morrison hopes the change will ease staff shortages at companies across the country.
Scott Morrison hopes the change will ease staff shortages at companies across the country. Credit: Getty Images

Close contacts would face a shortened week-long quarantine and would have to take a quick antigen test on day six as well as another inoculation on day 12.

Morrison hopes the change will address staff shortages, which many companies have been forced to close after workers were sent into isolation in recent weeks.

But University of Melbourne professor Nancy Baxter said the prime minister’s plan would lead to a further increase in cases and is an admission that Australia has lost control of the Omicron outbreak.

“You can not change what a close contact is,” she told Sunrise Thursday.

“A close contact is a person who has spent a significant amount of time with a positive cause and is at risk of contracting COVID.”

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Nancy Baxter said the quake would simply “feed the spread” of COVID-19 across Australia.
Credit: Sunrise

“The fact that they are now trying to change languages ​​and to say that close contacts are not people in circumstances that have led to a possibility of infection, for example in the workplace … it will just boost the spread, because it’s just not true. “

“We have not changed who is able to get COVID or how people get COVID.

“In fact, we know Omicron is more transferable, so you’re more likely to get it in work environments or social settings than you were before.”


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