The Brazilian Ministry of Health has announced that the quarantine for COVID patients can be shortened to five days if the patient no longer shows symptoms and the tests are negative, as although the onset of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has increased the number of infections, the health authorities have taken into account that it is not a high lethality.
Brazil is currently providing 10 days of systematic isolation for COVID-19 patients. According to the new protocol, this time can be shortened as required, so that, for example, on the seventh day without a test, it can be concluded that a person is already symptom-free.
For those who do a week in isolation and continue to show symptoms, the health ministry’s recommendation is still to extend the quarantine to the tenth day, the Brazilian agency reports.
Minister Marcelo Queiroga said that Brazil was following the line of countries like the United States and Great Britain, which had also reduced quarantine times, and justified this both with the further development of the vaccination campaign and with the features of the new variant.
“Ómicron has caused a much higher number of cases, but luckily they don’t match the number of deaths,” Queiroga told a news conference. Brazil has accumulated more than 620,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to official figures, which are also responsible for 22.5 million infections.