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'Close contact' redefined by National Cabinet

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison wears his face mask during a press conference. Source: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

National Cabinet has adopted a new definition for 'close contact' in a bid to reduce the pressure on testing centres. All states agreed to transition away from PCR tests and towards rapid antigen tests next year.

COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements have been addressed by National Cabinet at an emergency meeting on Thursday 30 December.

Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly proposed a nationally consistent definition of a close contact, as someone who has spent more than four hours with a positive case within a household setting.


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