Covid-19 Quarantine & Tracing Protocols Have Changed

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It's been approximately two years ever since the Covid-19 virus has emerged, restrictions and lockdowns became a norm. Recently, the Health Department has changed a number of Covid 19 protocols.


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It's been approximately two years since Covid-19 emerged, making restrictions and lockdowns a norm. Recently, the Department of Health has changed a number of Covid 19 protocols.

The Health Department has taken the decision to scrap contact tracing and quarantining of Covid-19 contacts. However, the department will continue to do so in congregate or cluster outbreak settings.

This comes after a recommendation from the Covid Ministerial Advisory Committee. The South African Medical Association is in full support of this decision and has urged everyone to get vaccinated.

Should someone be in contact with someone who has either tested positive or showed symptoms, they have been encouraged to get tested. The isolation period is still 10 days, but a negative test will not be required to return to work.

Whereas for mild illness, the isolation is 8 days and there is no need for Covid-19 test to be performed prior to returning to work after the 8 days isolation period.

Isolation beyond 8 days must be supported by a medical report.

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