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All contact tracing has stopped with immediate effect except in congregate settings and cluster outbreak situations or self-contained settings.

This is according to the national health department which issued a statement recently on the revision of contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

All quarantine for both vaccinated and unvaccinated contacts will also be stopped.

“No testing for Covid-19 is required irrespective of the risk exposure unless the contact becomes symptomatic,” said the statement.

All contacts must however continue with their normal duties with heightened monitoring, daily temperature testing and symptom screening of any early signs. The department said if contacts develop symptoms, they should be tested and be managed according to the severity of the symptoms.

Unless contacts develop symptoms, they must not be tested.

The department said people who are asymptomatic do not require an isolation period but should do self-observation for five to seven days for the development of any symptoms. They should also continue with enhanced precautions including avoiding attending settings where many people gather, mask wearing and social distancing.

The isolation period has been reduced to eight days for mild disease. This refers to persons who have symptoms and have tested positive but do not require hospitalisation, do not have shortness of breath, dyspnoea or abnormal chest imaging.

The isolation period for people with severe disease is maintained at 10 days after clinical stability is achieved.

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