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Government Expects New Advice On Reducing Isolation For Some Close Contacts

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

03:42 11 Jan 2022

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The Tánaiste has said he supports reducing the time period some close contacts are required to isolate.  

On that, the Government is expecting new advice from the Chief Medical Officer today - for Cabinet to consider tomorrow. 

The guidance may include a reduced isolation period for asymptomatic close contacts while there is extreme pressure on the healthcare system and other parts of society.

Tánaiste Supports It

Meanwhile, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says it's an idea he supports:

"So we're expecting advice from the CMO today and Government will consider that tomorrow morning a cabinet."

"We anticipate that it will involve easing some of the rules around close contacts."

"I don't know details of that yet I haven't seen the letter."

"I haven't seen the advice."

"But that is what's anticipated and I support that."

Finally, he says, "I've been calling for that for some time."

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