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Neil Mitchell says COVID-19 isolation protocols need urgent review

Neil Mitchell
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Supermarkets and food producers say there is a looming crisis once Australia eases COVID-19 restrictions and Melbourne and Sydney come out of lockdown.

COVID-19 cases are all but certain to increase, with the economy back up and running, but isolation and quarantine rules are expected to remain in place.

Those who have been deemed a primary close contact of a positive case currently have to get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of their result.

It means a positive case at a supermarket could force dozens of staff into isolation and out of work.

If it happens to enough supermarkets, there are concerns about food supply for the population due to staff shortages.

“These rules have to be reviewed, there is no option,” Neil Mitchell said.

“This was inevitable.”

As several 3AW callers reported, it’s already happening.

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