The news cycle has been pretty overwhelming these past weeks: COVID-19 case numbers, testing delays and mishaps, Christmas plans impacted, border changes, restrictions and rules being chopped and changed.
If you chose to look away from Australia's COVID-related news during the festive period, we don't blame you.
But in case you want to get up to speed on what's been happening as of late, here's everything you need to know.
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Scott Morrison announces a nationwide definition of COVID-19 close contacts.
In a press conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister announced a close contact will be considered as a person who is a household contact who has spent four or more hours with a confirmed COVID-19 case, except in exceptional circumstances.
If a person is deemed a close contact, they must take a rapid antigen test (RAT). If the result is negative, they must continue to self-isolate for seven days and take another RAT on day six. This is to the exception of South Australia, which will keep its isolation time to 10 days rather than seven.
Live: National cabinet to agree on federal definiton of a close contact https://t.co/R8tx6z2mE0— ABC News (@abcnews) December 30, 2021