Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer suggests Covid restrictions will soon change

Australia could see further easing of Covid restrictions within months, with revised quarantine rules.

Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworthsuggested on Thursday that pandemic rule changes were imminent.

“I think a lot of countries are moving towards that. Australia will not be far behind. he told the Today Show.

‘It’s something I’m sure the Chief Health Officers are considering’

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However, Dr Nick Coatsworth said health experts would be cautious and not remove all restrictions just yet.

“We’ve removed quite a few, almost all of our restrictions, so I think it’s probably time to take a wait-and-see approach before we start removing things like isolation,” he recognized.

The UK announced last month it would remove all Covid restrictions, including quarantine requirements, while in the US people who test positive for the virus must quarantine for five days.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg hd previously reported that the easing of restrictions was inevitable as Australia moves towards life with the virus.

“We have seen a spike in omicron cases. We have seen a reduction in intensive care and hospitalizations, and as you know people are going back to work,” he said last month.

“I think that’s the next step down the road, reducing the restrictions even further.”

– Treasurer Frydenberg

Under current quarantine rules, people who contract the virus and their close contacts must undergo a week of isolation.

In the meantime, here are the latest Covid figures from across Australia:

Western Australia

  • New cases: 4,535
  • Covid-related deaths: 0
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 80 / 3

North territory

  • New cases: 326
  • Covid-related deaths: 1
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 33 / 2

Australian Capital Territory

  • New cases: 821
  • Covid-related deaths: 0
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 37 / 2

queensland

  • New cases: 4,571
  • Covid-related deaths: 5
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 252 / 17

New South Wales

  • New cases: 16,288
  • Covid-related deaths: 4
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 991 / 39

Victoria

  • New cases: 7,779
  • Covid-related deaths: 8
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 188 / 32

southern australia

  • New cases: 2,590
  • Covid-related deaths: 4
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 91 / 11

Tasmania

  • New cases: 1.16
  • Covid-related deaths: 0
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 16/5

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