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The Prime Minister also answered questions about Seven’s breakfast Sunrise.

As regular readers of this blog will know, the National Cabinet decided this week to reduce mandatory COVID-19 isolation from seven days to five.

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Masks will also not need to be worn on domestic flights when the changes take effect on September 9.

The Australian Medical Association is not happy with this decision.

Michael Bonning, chairman of the AMA’s NSW Division, said this morning that people “are very likely to still be contagious” on day five (quoting a figure of around 30 per cent of cases).

During his Sunrise appearance, the Prime Minister was asked if he would publish the health advice that was presented to the national cabinet before the announcement of isolation and masks.

Albanese suggested that it be up to states and territories to publish the guidance for their own regions:

Individual state and territory health officials produce their own guidance. It’s something that’s been discussed [between] States. When people are sick and showing symptoms, they shouldn’t be at work. Where people ain’t contagious, where they ain’t sick, there’s no reason [for you to isolate]. The seven-day period imposed…it’s frustrating for companies that are also missing out on these workers.