“Further to National Cabinet on 30 December 2021, and following further consultation with the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Health Officers, leaders have also agreed to remove the requirement for a Day 6 RAT for confirmed cases in isolation,” the statement said.
“If confirmed cases remain symptomatic, they should remain in isolation.”
“Anyone with symptoms will continue to seek a PCR test.”
However, the day six rapid antigen test for close contacts remains in place.
This follows Scott Morrison announcing changes to isolation periods for close contacts and confirmed cases yesterday following an emergency meeting of National Cabinet.
The isolation period for confirmed cases changed to seven days, however with today’s statement if a person continues to have symptoms they will isolate for longer than seven days.
A person’s isolation period starts again if a person continues to be symptomatic and test positive past day seven, the Prime Minister’s office confirmed to 9News on Thursday night.
The additional quarantine period means they would not be allowed to stop isolating until after at least 12 days.
This means people may enter a longer quarantine than was previously in place in NSW and Victoria, where the duration was 10 days.
A new definition of close contacts came into place from midnight last night across five jurisdictions.
NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT agreed to the terms.
“A close contact is a household contact, or household like, of a confirmed case only,” Mr Morrison said.
“A household contact is someone who lives with a case or has spent more than four hours with them in our house, accommodation or care facility setting.”
Close contacts will still need to isolate for seven days from their exposure date.
An asymptomatic close contact must take a rapid test, while a close contact who is symptomatic or who returns a positive RAT test must have a PCR test.
Mr Morrison said there was no need for anyone who did not fulfil the close contact definition to line up for PCR tests.