Contact tracing, quarantine to stop with immediate effect

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EWN Reporter Kgomotso Modise summarizes the latest revision of the Covid-19 protocols.

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The government has decided to stop contact tracing for Covid-19 with immediate effect, except when infections are detected in assembly places.

The Department of Health released revisions to the contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols on Thursday evening.

EWN Reporter Kgomotso Modise summarizes the latest revision of the Covid-19 protocols.

Contact tracing was stopped with immediate effect – except in certain circumstances.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter – EWN

The government circular specifies in the published circular that contact tracing is stopped with immediate effect, except in assembly contexts and cluster epidemic situations or autonomous settings. These include prisons where an inmate or staff member tests positive and other spaces where people live nearby, such as nursing homes and children’s homes.

He said there was new information on COVID-19, including the high number of asymptomatic cases and only a small proportion of infections have been confirmed by laboratory tests.

All contacts should continue their normal duties with increased monitoring (daily temperature tests, screening for symptoms) for any early signs. If they develop symptoms, they should be tested and managed based on the severity of the symptoms.

Any quarantine must be stopped with immediate effect. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated contacts. No screening test for Covid -19 is required regardless of exposure to the risk, unless contact becomes symptomatic.

The national circular defines mild illness as referring to people who show symptoms and who have tested positive but do not require hospitalization. do not have shortness of breath, dyspnea, or abnormal chest imaging.

Symptoms and mild signs of the disease include, but are not limited to, the following: fever, cough, sore throat, malaise, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste and smell .

The isolation period is maintained at 8 days.


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