As of Monday, fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate for seven days instead of 10.
France says it will reduce the isolation period for fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19.
Health Minister Olivier Veran told the newspaper le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday that fully vaccinated people would only need to isolate for seven days instead of 10, from Monday.
They could quarantine after five days if they show a negative test, he said.
There will also be no quarantine for fully vaccinated individuals who have a close contact test positive.
But those who have not been vaccinated and who test positive “will have to isolate themselves for 10 days, with the possibility of coming out of isolation after seven days under the same conditions,” Veran said.
Other countries such as the United States also reduced the isolation period for COVID-19 to five days this week in an effort to prevent disruptions in industries due to staff shortages.
The French Ministry of Health said the changes in rules respond to the need “to take into account the extremely rapid evolution of the distribution of the Omicron variant in France”.
It is said that the decision to reduce isolation periods “was aimed at ensuring that the virus is controlled while maintaining socio-economic life”.
In addition, it said that “the first available virological data” showed “Omicron’s incubation period appears to be faster than previous variants, favoring a possible reduction in the length of isolation.”
France on Saturday became the sixth country in the world to report more than 10 million COVID-19 infections since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Health authorities reported 219,126 newly confirmed cases in a 24-hour period, the fourth day in a row that the country has recorded more than 200,000 cases.
In his New Year’s Eve speech, French President Emmanuel Macron said the next few weeks would be difficult, but he stopped introducing new restrictive measures to contain the virus.