New Zealand has just announced it will be extending Covid isolation requirements to 14 days in light of the spread of the Omicron variant, APA reports citing The Guardian.
“To help address the increased infectiousness of Omicron, as an interim measure the isolation time for all Covid-19 cases is being extended to 14 days. It was previously ten days,” the ministry of health said in a statement on Friday.
A similar change is also being applied for close contacts where all close contacts will now isolate for ten days - an increase from the previous seven days.
“As part of the response to Omicron, at this stage our public health teams are focussed strongly on stamping out early any Omicron cases in the community,” the ministry added.
The changes are to take effect from Friday, 21 January.