SPANISH coronavirus chief Fernando Simon has said the health authorities are considering reducing the quarantine period for the virus from 14 to 10 days.
Meanwhile the reduction to five or seven days, as proposed by Germany, has been ruled out.
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“The possibility of leaving quarantine after 10 days is being discussed, although I think that reducing it to five or seven days will take longer,” he said.
According to Spain’s leader of health emergencies, more and more European countries are considering the possibility of reducing the periods of isolation.
On June 18, Health Minister Salvador Illa announced that it will not be necessary to maintain 14 days of quarantine if certain conditions were met, such as giving negative in a PCR test at 10 days or that at least three days had passed since the last date with symptoms.
Now, the Government is considering reducing quarantine to 10 days as the set norm.
Simon has said that the latest scientific evidence indicates that the viral load on the tenth day is ‘very low,’ so the ‘isolation period could be reduced.’
During yesterday’s press conference, Simon also made reference to the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, of which Spain hopes to receive three million doses in December.
The most vulnerable in society will be made a priority as well as those who work in essential services such as health professionals.
But that will only be the case if the vaccine exceeds ‘all the clinical tests.’ Simon added.
It’s expected that Europe will receive 30 million doses of this vaccine against COVID-19, to be rolled out in proportion to the population of each EU territory in a joint strategy to initiate vaccinations at the same time across Europe.