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Household contact isolation phased out

Isolation for household contacts of people with COVID-19 is being phased out around the country.

Western Australia will from 12.01am on Friday be the second-last state to abolish quarantine for asymptomatic COVID-19 close contacts, in line with national guidelines.

NSW, Victoria and the ACT have already ditched the requirement and Queensland will follow suit at 6pm on Thursday, while South Australia will from Saturday drop the need to isolate from unless showing symptoms.

Fully vaccinated people in the NT no longer need to isolate unless they develop symptoms.

After this week only household contacts of people in Tasmania with COVID-19 will be required to isolate at home for seven days.

WA is also scrapping G2G travel passes and will no longer require interstate travellers to have had three vaccine doses.

Unvaccinated international arrivals in WA must still quarantine for a week upon arrival, but that will be reviewed in four weeks’ time.

Meanwhile, federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and WA Premier Mark McGowan are on track to emerge from isolation later this week after testing positive to COVID-19.

LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA:

NSW: 12,188 cases, 10 deaths, 1743 in hospital, 73 in ICU

Victoria: 10,734 cases, 13 deaths, 456 in hospital, 32 in ICU.

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