Ministry to propose Covid isolation be reduced to 5 days

Ministry to propose Covid isolation be reduced to 5 days

People continue to wear face masks against Covid-19, but the Health Ministry will propose reducing patient quarantine from seven to five days. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)
People continue to wear face masks against Covid-19, but the Health Ministry will propose reducing patient quarantine from seven to five days. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

The Public Health Ministry will recommend that Covid-19 patients be allowed out after five days of quarantine.

The director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Opas Karnkawinpong, said on Tuesday that at present Covid-19 patients were isolated for seven days and then their health monitored over the three following days.

This Friday the ministry would propose to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration that quarantine be shortened to five days and patients monitor their health for the five following days.

The proposal was based on the recommendation of an academic committee set up by the ministry, Dr Opas said.

On the ministry's previous plan to declare Covid-19 an endemic disease this month, Dr Opas said the CCSA would consider the matter. With or without the declaration, living with Covid-19 would be no different, he said.


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