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In announcements by respective state leaders, NSW and Victoria also said it would be changing vaccine mandate rules and ending quarantine for unvaccinated travellers.

Queensland health minister Yvette D’Ath said the Sunshine State would likely follow a similar course of action regarding close contacts.

The Minister said she expected to be briefed by the Chief Health Officer this afternoon but the announcement would not be made today. (Getty)

“It is possible absolutely,” Ms D’Ath said.

“It’s still to be finalised I’m just waiting to hear from Victoria and New South Wales to hear what the details are as far as the lifting of any quarantine requirements and what will be required of individuals who are living in a household where someone is positive.”

Queensland today recorded 8995 new cases of COVID-19.

The Minister said she expected to be briefed by the Chief Health Officer this afternoon but the announcement would not be made today.

“I am keen to see consistency,” Ms D’Ath said.

“I would have liked this be a national decision where all states and territories implement changes at the same time to avoid any confusion.”

Positive cases will still be required to isolate for seven days.

The easing of restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria comes as NSW today recorded 15,414 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths. Victoria saw 10,628 new infections and 14 deaths.

Premier Dominic Perrottet made the NSW announcement today, rolling back some of the last major restrictions in the state.

The changes to close contact rules will ease labour shortages across hospitality, transport and freight, which have all been stretched due to contacts in isolation.

They will come into effect at 6pm this Friday.

NSW will also lift the public health orders requiring key workforces to be vaccinated. These will instead be based on a risk assessment under occupational health and safety.

These vaccine orders will remain in place for aged care and disability workers.

Also, from April 30 unvaccinated travellers will no longer be required to do hotel quarantine.

In Victoria, most COVID-19 restrictions, including household close contact rules, will be lifted by the weekend.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the changes were “important steps” forward and due to the state’s “high vaccination rate.”

Pubs and cafes will also no longer be required to ensure customers check-in with QR codes to show their vaccination status, allowing unvaccinated patrons to access hospitality services.

Masks will no longer be required in primary schools, early childhood, hospitality and retail settings.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: A COVID-19 testing clinic sign at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on January 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. NSW has recorded 46 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in the state since the start of the pandemic. NSW also recorded 25,168 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hour reporting period. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

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Masks will also be required on public transport, at airports, in sensitive health, aged care and justice settings.

Source: 9News

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