Extraordinary measure shortens quarantine to ten days
Based on the available scientific findings and the decision of the Government Council for Health Risks, the Ministry of Health has shortened the period of quarantine and isolation from 14 to 10 days effective from 1 September.
“We have issued the measure today upon thorough consultation with hygienists, having incorporated their constructive comments into the material. In order to give general practitioners time to become familiar with the new procedure, the measure will come into effect on 1 September,” explained Jarmila Rážová, Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic.
Persons in whom the presence of SARS-CoV-2 was proven by a RT-PCR test but who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 disease will newly be ordered into isolation for a minimum of 10 days. For positively tested persons who have symptoms of COVID-19 disease, the period of isolation is adjusted so that they must not have symptoms of the disease for at least 3 days before isolation is terminated, whereas isolation must not be less than 10 days. The start of the isolation is counted from the date the laboratory sample is collected. The isolation is terminated upon the passing of the stipulated period without a PCR test, except for persons working in healthcare and social services, where termination with a PCR test is required. A PCR test will be conducted among these workers on the 10th day of isolation; if the test is positive it will be repeated after another 5 days.
All persons who were identified as persons exposed to an infected person based on an epidemiological investigation will be ordered into quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. The period of quarantine is counted from the date of last contact. One PCR test must be conducted between the 1st and 5th day and a second PCR test on the 10th day. If the test is positive, the person must be isolated. If the test in negative and there are no clinical symptoms, quarantine may be terminated.
If the persons consistently test positive in the PCR test and have no clinical symptoms of the COVID-19 disease and they need to prove their non-infectiousness for justifiable reasons, alternative testing will be conducted (e.g. LAMP – loop-mediated isothermal amplification, an antigen test or cultivated proof of the virus in specialised laboratories).