Brazil’s health ministry announced on Monday that its recommended quarantine period for people with light or moderate Covid-19 cases could be shortened to seven days or as few as five days for those are able to take a test and get a negative result on the fifth day.
Brazil’s secretary for health surveillance, Arnaldo Medeiros, said authorities took recent moves by the United States and the United Kingdom into account when making the decision, according to CNN affiliate CNN Brasil.
“Our main message is that isolation is seven days long. If he [the patient] does not want to get a test on the fifth day and does not have any symptoms on the seventh, he can leave isolation. It’s not necessary to take a test. We recommend maintaining [isolation] until the tenth day,” said Medeiros.
He added: “If he has symptoms on the tenth day, he can take the test. If it’s negative, he can leave isolation if he has no fever and is not taking antipyretics. But if it’s positive, he should maintain isolation.”
Brazil’s drug regulator has not approved the use of at-home rapid tests, meaning that Brazilians seek Covid-19 tests at pharmacies and other locations outside of their homes. The rise of Omicron cases has put a strain on testing capacity in the country.