Sunday , April 21 2024

Family members of Covid cases not necessarily close contacts

People in the same living quarters or work groups with Covid-19 cases are not necessarily treated as their close contacts, according to a document issued Thursday by the Health Ministry.

People living in the same house, moving on the same vehicles or in the same group at workplaces, trips or parties with Covid-19 cases are now no longer considered as close contacts, according to the Ministry of Health.

Contact within two meters of Covid-19 cases alone now doesn’t make someone a close contact as well. Only unmasked people making contact within the range are considered as close contacts, while masked people must make contact within the range in at least 15 minutes to qualify as a close contact.

Other categories that qualify someone as close contacts of Covid-19 cases are direct skin contact, such as shaking hands, hugging or kissing, and those who directly take care of or treat Covid-19 cases without proper protective equipment.

The adjustments to what makes someone a close contact of a Covid-19 case is believed to help authorities better detect and monitor infections amid the “new normal,” said the health ministry.

In accordance with current policies, fully vaccinated close contacts of Covid-19 cases are now allowed home quarantine.

Vietnam has recorded nearly 1.7 million Covid-19 cases, with nearly 32,000 deaths recorded.

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