Quarantine for close and secondary close contacts to be reduced

Starting from tomorrow, the quarantine days required for close contacts and people who share common itinerary routes with the confirmed cases will be reduced to 8 days from the previous 10 days, while the 7-day quarantine period set for the sub-close contacts will be adjusted to 5 days, the health authorities announced today (Friday).

Close contacts and those who have common itinerary routes with the confirmed cases will undergo an 8-day quarantine plus a 2-day health monitoring period, with nucleic acid tests temporarily arrange to be conducted on the same date of contacting the cases, and on the following 2nd, 4th and 7th days.

Those people will also have to take nucleic acid tests on the 8th and 10th days with their health code turned yellow during the period, and if they fail to complete the two tests, their health code will turn red again after the 10th day.

The previous 7-day quarantine set for secondary close contacts will be adjusted to a 5-day quarantine plus a 2-day health monitoring period, with nucleic acid tests temporarily arrange to be conducted on the same date of contacting the cases, and on the following 2nd and 4th days.

Secondary close contacts will also have to take nucleic acid tests on the 5th and 7th days with their health code turned yellow during the period, and if they fail to complete the two tests, their health code will turn red again after the 7th day.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported since the latest community outbreak had reached 149, health authorities updates show.

About 5,308 have been placed under medical observation due to links to the confirmed cases.

Of those under follow-up, 717 were close contacts, 3,283 people with a common route, 285 secondary close contacts, 285 general contacts, and 589 accompanying persons.