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Antigen test can be used to exit quarantine after exposure, says Health Ministry

A Magen David Adom worker conducts a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at a testing center in Jerusalem on December 22, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A Magen David Adom worker conducts a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at a testing center in Jerusalem on December 22, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The Health Ministry updates its guidelines to allow for those in quarantine due to exposure to exit after a negative antigen test.

Until now, only PCR tests were eligible to shorten quarantine. Under the new guidelines, a negative rapid antigen test can also be used, but not a home test. If the antigen test is positive, a PCR test will be required.

The new guideline only applies to those who are considered fully vaccinated (either with a booster or within six months of a second dose); the unvaccinated must conduct a PCR test.

Under guidelines that entered effect today, anyone who comes in contact with a COVID patient must enter quarantine. Those who are fully vaccinated can be released after a negative test, while those who are not must spend a week in quarantine with two negative tests (or 14 days without tests).

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