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New Dubai quarantine rules for Covid-19 close contacts


DUBAI – The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has updated its quarantine guidelines for people who have come in contact with someone who later tested positive for Covid-19.

The authority defined a close contact as “any individual who spent time with a confirmed Covid-19 case, whether it was two days before their symptoms appeared or since the person received their positive result or any time during 10 days of infection”.

A person is also considered a close contact if they were exposed to a person with Covid-19 for more than 15 minutes and if they stayed less than two metres apart during their meeting.

According to the DHA, the 10-day quarantine period for the close contact begins from the date of the last contact with the infected person.

If you are a close contact with a Covid-19 case, here’s what you need to do:

1. Directly quarantine in separate room for 10 days and follow precautionary measures to ensure the safety of others.

2. Call DHA on toll free number 800 342 for necessary procedures

3. The quarantine period is 10 days. There is no need to undergo PCR test if you don’t show any symptoms, such as coughing, body pain, fever equal to higher than 37.5C shortness or difficulty in breathing, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, nausea, headache orloss of sense of smell and taste.

4. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 during the quarantine period, call 800 342 to book a PCR test appointment.

5. If the test result is positive, you will be contacted for isolation procedures. If the test result is negative, you must complete the 10-day quarantine period.

Types of quarantine

Home quarantine: Where there is a separate room with private bathroom.

Institutional quarantine: For those who cannot meet the conditions of home quarantine. This is a dedicated, government appointed facility. You have to pay for the cost incurred during your stay in the facility. ICA/Expat Media

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