Changes to the isolation rules on close contacts take effect from midnight tonight.

It will see thousands of people who've received a booster able to avoid having to self-isolate, if they don't have symptoms.

However they'll be required to take antigen tests and wear a high-grade mask. Anyone under 40 who also tests positive on an antigen test won't need a PCR to confirm, and the result can soon be uploaded to the HSE website.

The change in isolation rules has been welcomed by teachers unions, employers and small business owners who were struggling with staffing levels.

However, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says it's concerned changes to close contact rules will increase the spread of the virus.

INMO spokesperson, Tony Fitzpatrick, says now's not the right time to reduce public health protections...


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