Health Ministry might propose shortening Covid-19-related self-isolation to 10 days

  • 2020-09-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Health Ministry might propose shortening the mandatory Covid-19-related self-isolation time to 10 days from 14 days, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (Development/For) said today in an interview with TV3 channel.

The Health Ministry might come up with the proposal at next week's government meeting, but for now the ministry is still awaiting research results on the safety of 10-day self-isolation.

"If findings of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) suggest that, based on their studies, a ten-day self-isolation period is safe enough and increases infection risks only insignificantly, we might propose ten-day self isolation instead of 14-day self-isolation," Vinkele said.

If the ECDC does not provide such findings, the Health Ministry might propose that self-isolation can be ended on the tenth day provided that a Covid-19 test taken on the eighth day of self-isolation has come back negative.

Vinkele also said that she has proposed an EU-wide discussion on common self-isolation and Covid-19 testing principles. "We'll see what the member states say. Yesterday was the deadline for the countries to send in their opinions." 

The health minister believes that the adoption of common EU-wide self-isolation and testing requirements would make the situation a bit more predictable. 

Under the current rules, people who have come into close contact with Covid-19 patients or who have returned from countries with high Covid-19 incidence are required to spend 14 days in self-isolation.