Covid-19: Rwanda cuts self-isolation time to seven days.
The Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) has decreased the time required for infected patients to receive Home-Based Care from 10 days to a minimum of seven days, after which a control Covid-19 test must be performed.
According to the new recommendations, only persons who have been completely vaccinated are permitted to go through the seven-day isolation phase if they test positive for Covid-19.
Close contacts with symptoms should be checked right away, but those without symptoms may be tested after three days, according to the report.
It also specifies that those who test positive after recovering from Covid-19 and have a recovery certificate are not required to isolate.
A recovered individual is defined as someone who tests positive and undergoes 10 days of isolation but stays positive on PCR with CT values over 37 while being negative on a quick diagnostic test and having no Covid-19 symptoms.
The recovery certificate is valid for 90 days, according to RBC, but it may become invalid if a new infection is proven by a positive fast test or PCR test with low CT levels.
Those planning to utilize the ministry’s certificate for travel should check with the airline, transit nations, and destination country to see whether the certificate is acceptable, even if the RT-PCR test received before to flight was still positive for Covid-19, according to the statement.
The revised rules follow the highly transmissible Omicron form, which is less severe in vaccinated patients. In recent days, Rwanda has reported as many as 2000 positive cases in a 24-hour period.
The Ministry of Health reported 610 positive cases from 20,835 tests completed on January 9, totaling 7,402 affected persons within a week.
On the same day, five individuals were critically injured and two died.
People in home-based care are recommended to retain separate home things from the rest of the family and to keep a safe distance from close contacts while they take care of themselves via various activities and a healthy diet.