HCMC cuts centralized quarantine for Covid patients

By Le Phuong   December 14, 2021 | 11:18 pm PT
HCMC cuts centralized quarantine for Covid patients
Covid-19 patients do physical exercises for rehabilitation at a hospital in HCMC's District 8, September 21, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
The Health Ministry on Tuesday allowed Ho Chi Minh City to trial cutting down centralized quarantine for certain Covid-19 cases from 14 to seven days.

Previously, the HCMC Department of Health requested for the city to cut down its centralized quarantine period to seven days in order to relieve the burden on quarantine facilities and take better care of patients.

The trial would apply to asymptomatic cases who have received two vaccine doses and tested negative for the virus on their seventh day. They would continue to monitor their own health at home for the next seven days, during which they would need to check their body temperatures twice daily.

Any medical anomalies should be reported to authorities for timely response.

HCMC still allows Covid-19 cases to be quarantined at home if their homes could satisfy certain standards, or else enter centralized quarantine.

The southern city has recorded over 489,000 Covid-19 cases, and around 19,000 deaths.

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