On 14thof July, according to reality of situation and references of WHO and CDC, Ministry of Health decided:
Quarantine period for F1 cases who come in close contact with COVID-19 patients and immigrants (except for who enter Viet Nam for less than 14 days and other cases specified by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control or the Ministry of Health) is cut from 21 days to 14 days. After completing 14-day quarantine, the aforesaid people shall be subject to medical surveillance at home or place of residence for another 14 days.
Regarding treatment management, the number of daily new COVID-19 infection cases has raised significantly over the past days, putting pressure on medical facilities, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and Dong Nai. To decrease that pressure, Health Ministry has suggested People committee of province to consider and follow:
Symptomatic patients can be discharged from hospitals 10 days after admission if two consecutive RT-PCR tests (24 hours or more away from each other) return negative or show low viral load (cycle threshold – CT ≥ 30). These cases shall be subject to medical surveillance at home for another 14 days.
For new positive cases with low viral load and without clinical symptoms, they should be admitted to a medical facility for further observation and do a test after 24 hours. If RT-PCR tests continue to show low viral load or turn negative for SARS-CoV-2, these cases can be discharged from the facility and subject to medical surveillance at home for another 14 days.
For patients who have recovered and exited hospitals after testing negative thrice, they shall have to monitor their health at home for 14 days as currently regulated. If they test positive again during the 14-day self-isolation period, they would not need to be hospitalized again and local authorities would not need to impose measures to contain a potential outbreak. If these people experience symptoms related to COVID-19, they should immediately contact medical facility for help.