Taiwan eases regulations for recovered COVID patients coming out of quarantine | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As most COVID cases in 2022 showed mild or no symptoms, recovered patients can now leave centralized quarantine after meeting relaxed standards so medical resources can be better utilized, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announcement Sunday (April 3).
CECC chief Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) told a routine press conference that the decision was made after discussions with experts. Other quarantine rules have not changed.
Philip Lo (羅一鈞), deputy chief of CECC’s Medical Response Division, said the policy change was made in response to the fact that most imported cases had already contracted COVID before entering Taiwan.
The CECC has rescinded requirements for patients with mild or no symptoms to stay in central quarantine for a full 10 days and for them to test positive for nucleocapsid (N) protein in an antibody test. This means that as long as patients get two negative test results or two Ct values above 30, they will be discharged.
However, Lo added that those released within seven days of entering Taiwan will still need to complete the remaining days of the 10-day quarantine at home or in a quarantine hotel and take a PCR test at the end of the quarantine. This is to prevent the spread of the virus or new variants that may have been contracted within seven days of an individual boarding the plane.
Additionally, those who have come out of quarantine and are in the seven-day health monitoring period will now have to take two rapid tests to make sure COVID doesn’t happen again, according to Lo.