National Round-Up: Stricter guidance for coronavirus ‘close-contacts’

If you’ve been within two metres of an infected person for more than 15 minutes, you may need to self-isolate, according to updated guidelines

Passengers are encouraged to continue maintaining social distancing on their morning commutes (photo: TheOtherKev)
November 25th, 2020 1:38 pm| by Helen Jones
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The Health Ministry has broadened guidance on what is to be considered a ‘close contact’: when someone has been near a person who tested positive for coronavirus.

The new definition of ‘close contacts’ includes those who have been within two metres of an infected person for more than 15 minutes – if in a situation where people are singing, talking loudly, or yelling, so for example at a night club, or if the two were in a closed room without good ventilation.

Stay safe and self-isolate
The health authorities advise anyone who has been in close contact with someone testing positive for the virus to go into self-isolation immediately.

“In addition to the broadened definition for close contacts, we are also now advising that anyone who has been close to someone who has tested positive should go for a screening test, even if they don’t meet all the definitions of ‘close contact’. This could, for example, be if you’ve sat in the same office as someone or sat together in a meeting room,” said ministry spokesperson Helene Probst.

The government urge continued caution and vigilance, as corona infections rates remain at around 1,000 cases per day across the country.


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