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New decisions for individuals in contact with COVID-19 patients

13 Feb 2022 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The Ministry of Health (MoH), in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, has updated isolation measures for people infected with COVID-19 and those in contact with them.

A statement issued by MoH said, ‘The ministry calls on all units of the administrative apparatus of the state and private sector companies to ensure health isolation of the infected and those in contact with them, according to new procedures.’

An unvaccinated person who is in contact with a COVID-19 patient must isolate for seven days and undergo a PCR test on the eighth day. ‘If the result is negative, isolation ends. But if the test result is positive, the isolation period will be extended to ten days.’

According to MoH, a vaccinated person who comes in contact with a COVID-19 patient and does not show any symptoms need not isolate. ‘But if the person shows symptoms, a PCR test must be taken. If the result is positive, he/she must isolate for seven days and on the eighth day undergo a rapid antigen test. If it is negative, isolation ends, but if it is positive, ten days must be completed in isolation.’

Individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 should undergo a PCR test. If the result is positive, they should isolate for seven days and take an antigen test on the eighth day. Isolation ends if the result is negative, but extends to ten days if positive.

According to the statement, individuals – including travellers – who have no symptoms but test positive in a PCR test must isolate for a period of 72 hours, followed by an antigen test. If the test is negative, isolation ends.

MoH urged all to adhere to health procedures and report any violations to limit the spread of COVID-19 in institutions.

‘Most recommendations of WHO as well as the ministry on personal protective measures are based on controlling transmission from symptomatic patients, including patients with mild symptoms who are not easy to identify early on.’

An official at MoH informed that the best possible way to prevent the spread of the disease is to assume that others around are infected and take preventive measures by keeping a safe distance and wearing a face mask.

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