From February 2022:

Based on the low infection and high recovery rate in the country, the government has made changes to Adjusted Alert Level 1 COVID-19 regulations.


Contact tracing by health workers and community health workers is to be stopped, except in congregate settings and cluster outbreak situations or self-contained settings. In case of an outbreak, a telephone based alert should be given to those who could be affected so that they can start the 5-7 days self-observation.


Quarantine for contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is stopped and no testing is required unless the contact develops symptoms. If you are a contact, you should take extra precautions when you are with other people for 5-7 days, while observing if symptoms develop.


Isolation:

  • No isolation is required for asymptomatic individuals, even if confirmed laboratory positive for COVID-19.
  • Isolation for 7 days from the start of symptoms is required for COVID-19 positive individual with symptoms, unless a longer period is recommended by a medical practitioner.
  • For moderate to severe cases that lead to hospitalisation, a further 7 days of home isolation should be taken following discharge, and after that time there is no need for testing.
    • Mild disease symptoms and signs include but are not limited to the following: fever, cough, sore throat, malaise, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of taste and smell.
    • Severe disease refers to persons who test positive and have exacerbated symptoms i.e shortness of breath, dyspnoea, chest pain and abnormal chest imaging and who require hospitalisation to manage the clinical presentation.

These regulations apply to vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

The only way to get closer to normality safely is if more of us vaccinate, including taking boosters once we qualify.


The reasons for these changes and additional details are given in the circular (Dec 2021), updated February 2022

A summary of Level 1 Regulations for Adjusted Alert Level 1 (1 Feb 2022) is available here