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Ontario, Quebec Weigh Shorter Isolation Period for Covid Patients After CDC Shift

  • Quebec changes rules for health workers, fearing shortage
  • Omicron appears less likely to cause serious disease: minister
Residents wait in line outside a Covid-19 testing center in Montreal, Canada, on Dec. 22.
Residents wait in line outside a Covid-19 testing center in Montreal, Canada, on Dec. 22.Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Canada’s two largest provinces are considering cutting quarantine times for people with Covid-19 after U.S. health officials recommended reducing the isolation period to five days for people who are no longer experiencing symptoms.

Quebec, currently the hardest-hit province in Canada with new coronavirus cases, is for now loosening the rules only for health-care workers -- allowing some to remain on the job even when testing positive. Ontario postponed a news conference by its chief medical officer to give officials more time to examine the evidence on isolation periods behind the new guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.