Changes to household COVID isolation rules in NSW and Victoria are ‘coming’
Under the current rules, household contacts of a positive COVID-19 case need to also undergo seven days of home isolation, but that is set to soon change.
Mr Andrews said the changes would likely be a daily Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for household contacts rather than an automatic seven days of isolation.
“So long as you are negative you can keep going about your business,” he said.
Two weeks ago National Cabinet tasked the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) with examining potential changes to the isolation rule.
“I’ve had discussions with the premier of NSW on multiple occasions about this,” Mr Andrews said on Sunday.
“We’re very keen to move down this path but we need to do it with a proper understanding of how many extra cases it will mean. Because logic tells you it will drive the number of cases.”
Mr Andrews said it was a matter of striking a “balance” between how many extra cases the states and territories could handle before it started to put too much pressure on hospitals.
Health authorities are also bracing for a winter spike in cases.
Cases in NSW and Victoria have been increasing as the BA.2 Omicron subvariant spreads.
On Monday, Victoria recorded another 6694 cases and there are 215 people in hospital, 21 of whom are in ICU, with six patients on ventilation.
Meanwhile, some 63.8 per cent of Victorians aged over 18 have received a third vaccine dose.
In NSW, another 14,970 cases were recorded on Monday and there were 1163 people in hospital, including 34 in ICU.
Victoria recorded no further COVID deaths on Monday while NSW recorded four.