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Their numbers are rising, quarantine rules are declining

Their numbers are rising, quarantine rules are declining

Spain has announced that it will reduce the quarantine period from ten to seven days for those who have tested positive for the virus. The country is facing a record number of newly confirmed cases due to the spread of the omicron wave.

Records were also reported by Italy, which in turn plans to ease quarantine measures for people who get a positive test if they have already received a third booster dose, recently succumbed to the virus or were recently vaccinated. The government announced this after experts called on it to change its approach because the fast-spreading wave of the Omicron epidemic could paralyze the country if millions are forced to stay at home.

Even in Australia, the numbers are rising – for the first time the daily number of infected has exceeded 20,000 – but the government there on Thursday narrowed the definition of close contact with infected and comfortable testing conditions.

In the country, symptoms do not have to be asymptomatic, especially for health professionals, hospitality workers and airline employees. Since Friday, people living with the infected in one home have been described as having close contact in the country. They must be isolated for seven days and should only undergo a PCR test if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. The goal is to shorten waiting lists for test centers.

The Czech government is also considering amending quarantine and isolation rules regarding the omicron. Infection of this type can, as expected, peak in the Czech Republic in early January and February.

The World Health Organization criticized this measure

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that shortening the isolation period for people infected with the confirmed coronavirus is a matter of compromise between reducing transmission and keeping the economy running.

“If the quarantine period is shortened, there will be fewer cases where the disease breaks out and may spread because the quarantine period is reduced,” said Michael Ryan, director of the WHO’s Crisis Programme. People who will not transmit the disease will be isolated.

The World Health Organization recommends that people remain in solitary confinement for at least ten days after the onset of symptoms and an additional three days when they have no symptoms. In cases without symptoms, these people must remain in quarantine for ten days after a positive test.

Ryan stressed that the incubation period for the coronavirus ranges from five to six days: “There is some data to suggest that the incubation period of the oomicron may be shorter, but there is still a wide range.”