Department of Health revises Covid-19 quarantining, tracing protocols

Johannesburg – The Department of Health is stopping contact tracing and quarantining of Covid-19 contacts.

It will still do tracing in congregate or cluster outbreak settings.

It accepted a recommendation from the Ministerial Advisory Committee. The department advised the proportion of people with immunity is high, and containment strategies are no longer viable.

People who have come in contact with the virus or who develop symptoms should be tested.

The 10-day isolation period remains for those infected, but a negative test will not be required to return to work.

Meanwhile, eligible South Africans can get a third Covid-19 booster shot from Friday.

The Department of Health has approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a booster shot.

It said single dose J&J boosters should be administered at least 2 months after the first vaccination, while the Pfizer booster shots will be available from 28 December.

Over 21,000 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in South Africa in the last 24 hours.

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