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Covid isolation period to be amended next week

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The Berlin Senate is expected to pass the new isolation period for people with a Coronavirus infection next week.

On Tuesday (03. May 2022) a possible shortening of the mandatory isolation period to five days will be discussed, a spokeswoman of the Senate Department for Health said on Friday (29 April 2022). The decision had already been supposed to be passed last Tuesday. However, because of open questions, the topic was postponed.

Isolation rules to become uniform

In a video conference of the heads of departments of the federal and state governments, the Federal Ministry of Health had announced on Thursday that the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) regarding the duration of isolation and quarantine should be adjusted at the beginning of next week. The states want to revise their isolation and quarantine regulations accordingly in a uniform manner.

Only five days of isolation when symptom-free

According to the current information, it is planned that infected persons will only have to be isolated for five days if they are then symptom-free for 48 hours. Until now, seven to ten days of isolation have been prescribed on the basis of various criteria.

Berlin health administration considers new regulation sensible

According to the Berlin health administration, the new regulation makes sense. Compared to last winter, they now have a new assessment of the situation, the spokeswoman said: "The respiratory disease season is coming to an end, the vaccination rate continues to increase, and the severity of the disease is also generally decreasing due to the Omikron variant." She added that this is also reflected in hospitalization data.

Author: dpa/
Further information: Coronavirus measures
Publication date: 29 April 2022
Last updated: 29 April 2022

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