The National Center for Public Health has issued a new policy on how to treat patients infected with COVID-19, suspected cases and their close contacts. From now on, the GP can classify anybody infected with coronavirus-like symptoms without a positive PCR test.
General practitioners can classify a person with symptoms of coronavirus infection (i.e. cough, fever, difficulty breathing, loss of smell, possible lack or distortion of taste) without a PCR test.
As a new rule, during contact tracing, PCR tests are only mandatory for people who have been in close contact with a person confirmed to have coronavirus, and for those who work or are cared for in healthcare institutions or in long-term care and nursing facilities.
Anyone who is classified as infected by their GP based on their symptoms but is not tested, can only be instructed to self-isolate at home by their doctor, but will not be placed in official home quarantine.
The new duration of the epidemiological surveillance for contacts is 10 days and cannot be reversed by two negative PCR tests.
When the epidemiological surveillance expires, close contacts who have been self-isolating in their homes are then able to continue their normal lives automatically without presenting a negative test.
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