Covid isolation rules for key industries are relaxed so workers DON’T have to isolate if they are close contacts – as PM SLAMS ‘Omicron parties’
National cabinet has agreed that close contacts who work in a raft of key industries will not have to isolate if they return a negative Covid rapid test.
The desperate plan announced by Scott Morrison on Thursday was hatched to solve Australia’s supply chain chaos which has seen businesses struggling to find staff many super market shelves left bare as Covid cases skyrocket.
The new rules apply to anyone who works in the food supply sector as well as the transport, freight and logistics industries.
Teachers, childcare workers and emergency services personnel are also included in the arrangement along with workers in the energy, resources, water, waste management, telecommunications, broadcasting and media sectors.
But critics say the relaxed rules are likely to lead to even more positive case amplifying the supply chain crunch.
It comes as the prime minister slammed so called ‘Omicron parties’ where some Australians are getting together to intentionally catch the virus.
Australia recorded a staggering 150,000 new Covid cases on Thursday with a back log some 60,000 RAT results added to the tally in NSW dating back to January 1.
Mr Morrison said a solution to the issues facing Australia must strike a ‘very delicate balance’ between public health and the economy.
‘The less restrictions you put on people to get them to work, the more pressure that could potentially put on your hospital system, and vice-versa,’ he said.
‘The more you try to protect your hospital system, the more people you are taking out of work, which disrupt supply chains.’
More to come.