From Monday, people with fully vaccinated positive for COVID-19 will be isolated for seven days instead of 10.
France says it will reduce the isolation period for fully integrated people who are positive for COVID-19.
Health Minister Olivier Veran told le Journal du Dimanche that people who are completely vaccinated on Sunday will have to be isolated for only seven days for more than 10 days from Monday.
They can leave quarantine after five days if they show a negative test, he said.
Also, there will be no quarantine for people who are completely inoculated with a positive test for a close relationship.
But those who are not vaccinated and those who test positive will have to “self-isolate for 10 days, with the possibility of getting out of isolation within seven days under the same conditions,” Veran said.
Other countries, such as the United States, have also this week reduced the isolation period for COVID-19 to five days in order to avoid disruptions in the industry due to staff shortages.
The French Ministry of Health said the changes to the rules were in response to the need to “take into account the very rapid evolution of the spread of the Omicron variant in France”.
He said the decision to reduce the isolation period was “aimed at ensuring that the virus is controlled while maintaining socio-economic life”.
He also said that “the first available virological data” showed that “the incubation period of Omicron seems to be faster than previous variants, in favor of reducing the duration of isolation.”
France on Saturday became the sixth country in the world to report more COVID-19 infections since the pandemic broke out.
The health authorities have reported 219,126 new confirmed cases within 24 hours, the fourth day in a row that the country has registered more than 200,000 cases.
Speaking on New Year’s Eve, French President Emmanuel Macron said the coming weeks would be difficult, but he stopped implementing new restrictive measures to contain the virus.