HPA revises quarantine period for positive cases

The quarantine period for those who test positive for COVID-19 and their contacts has been revised once again.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) Thursday said if those who test positive exhibit no symptoms of the illness, they will need to complete a 7-day quarantine from the day of testing and be released on completion of the quarantine period without further testing. However, those with symptoms will be released after seven days only after symptoms have stopped for over 24-hours.

Those who work at healthcare facilities, care facilities, schools, and educational institutes will not be allowed to report back to work until they undergo an antigen test that confirms they are no longer positive for the virus.

Additionally, HPA said fully vaccinated individuals who come in direct contact with positive cases must complete a quarantine of ten days from the date of contact.

The new guidelines are also applicable to those who are already in quarantine.

With the detection of the Omicron variant in the Maldives, authorities are taking additional measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 following a spike in positive cases. In this regard, as the positivity rate in the Greater Male' region is over five percent, negative PCR test results are now required for domestic travel from Male', and those who are unvaccinated are required to complete a 14-day quarantine.