On December 28 government announced that an amended circular will be issued regarding recently recalled rules that no longer required people without Covid-19 symptoms to isolate or test if they have been in contact with a positive case.
Last week the health ministry said asymptomatic individuals who had been in contact with a Covid-19 case no longer had to isolate but should monitor symptoms for five to seven days and avoid attending large gatherings.
According to a government statement, the National Department of Health (DoH) has decided to put the implementation of the revised policy changes on hold “while taking all additional comments and input received into consideration”.
“This means the status quo remains, and all prior existing regulations with regards to contact tracing, quarantine and isolation remain applicable.”
The country has led the continent in Covid-19 cases, deaths and vaccinations, with 3.42-million cases reported and 90,854 fatalities.
SA’s experience has been closely watched around the world after it was among the first to identify the more transmissible Omicron variant. Cases started declining this week, with 7,216 new cases and 25 deaths reported in the past 24-hours, reported Reuters (29 Dec 2021)