Australians could soon be released from mandatory Covid isolation periods after Friday’s national cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will host state and territory leaders in Canberra on Friday, where they are expected to discuss the future of the country’s Covid-19 settings and hospital funding.

Leaders will be briefed by the chief medical officer on Friday as weekly figures show new virus cases trending lower.

In August, the national cabinet agreed to reduce the isolation period for Covid-positive patients from five to seven days.

But New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet, who has long advocated the need to scrap the rule altogether, will reiterate his position again on Friday.

“We have to get to the point where we are moving away from public health orders,” he said.

“I believe we need to get to a point where if you’re sick you stay home, and if you’re not you go out and enjoy life,” he said.

Mr. Perrottet revealed that he had sought support in this regard from his counterparts in the state, but declined to say whether he had received any support.

“We have taken steps in the right direction, reducing isolation from seven days to five days,” he said.

“I will continue to discuss and work with my fellow Prime Ministers across the country to get to the point where we ultimately need to get to.”

Removing the quarantine period would bring Australia in line with the UK and US, but leaders said they would only do so as part of a ‘nationally consistent’ approach.

It comes as the government confirmed that the Australian Defense Force deployment to aged care facilities will end on Friday.

“We have left no stone unturned to fight the pandemic and support the aged care sector through this winter,” said Aged Care Minister Anika Wells.

“The work the Australian government has done with the sector has put us in a much stronger position.”

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