If Taiwan’s 10-day quarantine plan goes smoothly in March, a less than seven-day quarantine period could occur in April, the head of the Central Center for Disease Command (CECC) said.
With omicron’s incubation period shortened, the CECC on Monday said the country’s quarantine policy is moving toward “shortening the number of days of home isolation to 10 days and implementing self-management of health for seven days after the quarantine expires.” Chen stressed that the center is hoping that shortened quarantines can “begin before mid-March.”
In a press conference on Wednesday, Chen said that after the quarantine was shortened to 10 days, we would conduct an assessment of its effectiveness before proceeding. “When the quarantine period is shortened to 10 days, there will be a few checks in between. You can tell when most cases will be detected and shortened (quarantine date) in that direction.”
Chen later revealed that the next phase included a “review” of the quarantine to seven days. He said the main factors the CECC would consider included whether the majority of cases were detected within seven days and whether the value of Ct after a week was high after that period.
He estimated that the decision could be made after a month of 10 days of quarantine, suggesting that it is possible to adjust to a seven-day quarantine in April. At a news conference on Thursday, when asked to verify that the CECC was seeking to reduce the quarantine period to seven days in April, Chen responded by saying “of course it is possible.”