CORONAVIRUS/CECC revises quarantine rules to avoid hospital overload

01/12/2022 09:37 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC) on Wednesday announced adjustments to current COVID-19 quarantine rules that will allow those at lower risk of spreading the disease to be released early from hospital to avoid straining capacity.

CECC adviser Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said infected persons whose initial tests have a cycle threshold (CT) value of 30 and above, which suggests a relatively low viral load, would be the target of the loosened rules, which are effective immediately.

Such persons must also meet other criteria for an earlier release from quarantine at a hospital, including not having direct signs of COVID-19 symptoms.

They also need to test positive for anti-nucleocapsid (N) antibodies, Chang said, explaining that the revisions were made following the recent surge in imported COVID-19 cases.

To be eligible for early release, infected persons must also test negative or show CT values of 30 and above in two following rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

The first test must be done within two days of confirmation of COVID-19, with the second at least 24 hours after the first test, Chang said.

Having met these conditions, they can then be discharged from the hospital and start a seven-day period of self-health management, the CECC said.

Prior to the revisions, those infected with COVID-19 had to stay in hospital for at least 10 days.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Chieh-ling and Lee Hsin-Yin)


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