The Cabinet’s expected to sign off on changes to the isolation rules for Covid close contacts when it meets today (Wednesday)
A proposal being brought by the Health Minister would scrap the five-day isolation requirements for asymptomatic close contacts who’ve had a booster.
Close contacts who’re vaccinated and have recovered from Covid in the past three months will also no longer need to self-isolate.
Ministers will also discuss changes in the use of antigen tests, in an effort to reduce pressure on PCR testing capacity.
Someone with a positive antigen test result will no longer need a PCR to confirm their infection.
By Friday, those with positive antigen test results can record their infection status themselves on the HSE website.