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  • Writer's pictureDemi Lynch

People Call Out The Government's Decision To Stop Mandatory Covid Isolation Periods



From October 14th, people that test positive for Covid-19 will no longer be required to self-isolate.


With the exception of those that work in high-risk settings such as health or aged care, mandatory isolations will no longer be enforced on people that test positive to the virus.


However, vulnerable communities have called out the government's latest decision.


Author and appearance activist Carly Findlay says these regulations "will have a huge impact on disabled, chronically ill and elderly people."


"For the vulnerable people who have been isolating in various ways since early 2020, for those whose medical and allied health treatments have been impacted due to covid safety and staff shortages, and for the healthcare & other essential workers who are buckling from the immense strain - I'm so sorry," Findlay wrote on social media, "the pandemic isn't over."



John Paterson, chief executive of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT), says it's "too early" to lift mandatory covid isolation requirements.


"We've had more Aboriginal deaths in the Northern Territory from COVID than non-Aboriginal people," says Paterson, "we have to ensure that we keep the most at-risk population safe and prevent this very serious virus from entering into our vulnerable communities."


 

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