The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced a fresh mandatory quarantine rule for residents and visitors who had close contact with a Covid-19 patient.
According to the new rule, those who had close contact with a Covid-19 patient, and despite testing negative for the virus, are required to undergo a 10-day home quarantine.
Close contacts are those who have stayed within two metres with a Covid-19 positive case for more than 15 minutes.
“Contacts who develop any related symptoms during the 10-day quarantine should be tested for Covid-19,” the circular noted.
Close contacts, added by the DHA, are those who had a certain level of exposure to a Covid-19 case–from two days before the onset of illness and the date a positive test result was received to 14 days after.
The 10-day home quarantine is applicable for those Covid-19 patients who did not develop any symptoms or are called asymptomatic. It also applies to patients with mild cases of Covid-19 who have fully recovered from their symptoms, without the use of fever-reducing medications.