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COVID-19: South Africa changing isolation guidelines

Asymptomatic people who test positive for COVID-19 are no longer required to isolate in South Africa.

COVID-19 virus in South Africa leads to changing isolation guidelines

In addition to the changes for asymptomatic people, those who do show symptoms now only have to isolate for seven days.


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Why did they make this change?

South Africa is currently at the lowest of their five stage COVID-19 alert system. Read more about it here.

People who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms are only required to isolate for seven days, instead of ten.

This decision also led to full-time learning being resumed. This includes primary, secondary and special schools returning to daily attendance.

Without a doubt, South Africa has been the worst-hit country in Africa during the pandemic. There have been over 3.6 million infections and 95,093 deaths.

They have nationally exited a fourth wave.

Ultimately, they decided to amend the guidelines in this way because of the increased proportion of people with immunity. The immunity against COVID-19 among people in South Africa has risen to more than between 60- 80%.


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