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Revision to contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols
Dec 24, 2021

The Director-General of Health has issued a circular revising tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols. Members should note that the Tourism Directions will need to be revised and published before the below is applicable to the tourism sector.

Download the CIRCULAR here.

Highlights:

  • All contact tracing is to be stopped with immediate effect except in congregate settings and cluster outbreak situations or self-contained settings.
  • Continue heightened monitoring, i.e., daily temperature testing, symptom screening.
  • Only if there are symptoms, should the guest be tested and managed according to the severity of the symptoms.
  • All quarantining to be stopped with immediate effect – vaccinated and unvaccinated.
  • Isolation rules are applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, as well as high- and low-risk individuals:
    • Return to work from Day 10 onwards must take into consideration their clinical status
    • For asymptomatic individuals:
      • no isolation required
      • Self-observation for 5-7 days for the development of any symptoms with enhanced precautions, including avoiding settings where people gather, mask-wearing and social distancing
    • Mild disease (symptomatic and positive test, but do not require hospitalisation):
      • Isolation period of 8 days
      • Must wear mask at all times for duration of isolation
      • No need for a COVID-19 test to be performed prior to returning to work
      • Isolation beyond 8 days must be supported by a medical report
    • Severe disease (tests positive and has exacerbated symptoms):
      • Isolation period of 10 days after clinical stability is achieved
      • Must wear a mask at all times for duration of isolation
      • No need for COVID-19 test to be performed prior to returning to work

Isolation beyond 10 days must be supported by a medical report

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