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Italy Eases Covid Isolation Rules as Omicron Cases Surge

  • People who got booster dose will not have to isolate
  • Government to require mandatory vaccine for most activities
A Covid-19 testing site in Rieti, Italy on Dec. 29. 

A Covid-19 testing site in Rieti, Italy on Dec. 29. 

Photographer: Riccardo Fabi/NurPhoto/Getty Images

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Italy has eased coronavirus quarantine rules and imposed a vaccine mandate for most activities in a bid to keep essential services running, after the country recorded a record number of cases for consecutive days.

Mario Draghi’s government has lifted its quarantine requirement completely for people who come into contact with a Covid-19 case as long as they have had three vaccine doses, according to a statement. Isolation time will also be cut to five days -- from seven -- for vaccinated people whose most recent dose was more than 120 days before exposure, it said. Non-vaccinated people will still be required to isolate for 10 days.