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Health Ministry announces drop to 7-day quarantine for asymptomatic COVID patients

A paramedic collects a swab sample at the Magen David Adom COVID-19 rapid coronavirus testing center in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on January 10, 2022. (Jack Guez/AFP)
A paramedic collects a swab sample at the Magen David Adom COVID-19 rapid coronavirus testing center in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on January 10, 2022. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Health Ministry director-general Prof. Nachman Ash announces that Israelis who test positive for COVID will only have to quarantine for seven days, down from 10, providing that the last three of those seven days are asymptomatic.

Ash says that in testing the ministry has carried out in recent weeks on Omicron patients, just 6% showed signs of the live virus seven days after they were infected.

If symptoms persist throughout the week, however, then patients must complete a full 10 days of quarantine.

The change in policy is slated to take effect at midnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

“We won’t mandate people stay in quarantine longer than necessary, in order to protect their health as well as the economy, education, culture and to continue normal life as much as possible alongside COVID,” says Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz.

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