German health minister suggests cutting isolation as Omicron spreads

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The isolation period for people who have caught the coronavirus in Germany could be cut shorter, under a proposal laid out by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach on Wednesday, as the country mulls how to respond to surging Omicron cases. Under the proposal, which was developed together with the Robert Koch Institute for disease control, people self-isolating with the virus would be able to leave from day seven, provided they get a negative PCR test or “high-standard” antigen rapid test. After 10 days, the isolation order would expire even without a test, according to the document, which has been s…

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