Covid isolation period cut to 10 days

Covid isolation period cut to 10 days

The National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 on Tuesday decided to reduce the isolation period for Covid positive patients to 10 days from 14 days as Bangladesh battles a fresh wave of the disease.

A press release sent by the technical advisory committee on Wednesday evening said that asymptomatic people who came in contact with Covid patients will not require quarantine.

‘But they must wear tight masks,’ said the press release listing a set of five recommendations from the technical advisory committee.

The Technical Advisory Committee also recommended free distribution of masks among people so that they do not avoid wearing one while outdoors.

The committee also urged using people’s representatives and religious leaders for encouraging people to wear mask appropriately and follow the health guideline of the pandemic.

The committee also urged the health services directorate for scaling up vigilance at all ports including air ports for ensuring complete implementation of the health guideline.

The technical advisory committee also recommended ensuring emergency treatment for all Covid and non-Covid patients at government hospitals.

It also called for steps for involving all including the leaders of transport owners, shop owners and restaurant owners for implementing the health instructions issued by the cabinet division for controlling the latest outbreak of Covid-19.

The committee apparently decided to relax the Covid management rules amid health authorities claiming that the Delta strain was still predominant in Bangladesh.

On Tuesday, a BSMMU research revealed that Omicron cases accounted for 20 per cent of cases genome sequenced between December 8, 2021 and January 8, 2022.

Bangladesh reported its first Omicron infections on December 11.

Bangladesh still have no data on how many of its new cases reported since the emergence of Omicron were actually caused by the Omicron strain.