New rules: shorter quarantine period and PCR test at state’s expense

The new rules for self-isolation of people who have had contact with the coronavirus, as well as quarantine for those infected with the virus, will most likely start to be in force from today.

Members of the Crisis Response Team, Sanja Radojević-Škodrić, director of the State Health Insurance Fund, and epidemiologist Branislav Tiodorović, confirmed that the home isolation for infected persons will last 10 days instead of the previous 14.

However, if someone wants to stop the quarantine earlier, they can take a PCR test after 7 days, at the expense of the state. The test must be negative for the self-isolation to end.

Dr Sanja Radojević-Škodrić emphasised that the 14-day home isolation will be abolished after one leaves the hospital. “Also, for patients who have a developed clinical picture, the duration of home isolation depends on the duration of symptoms, so it can be 14 days if they still have symptoms. This is decided by their doctors,” she added.

The duration of quarantine at home for a person who was in close contact with an infected person will probably be 7 instead of the previous 10 days. The quarantine can most likely be terminated after the 7th day with a negative PCR test result, and the PCR test can be taken no earlier than the 6th day after the start of quarantine, at one’s own expense.

As a reminder, the price of the PCR test on personal request has been reduced from 9,000 to 6,000 dinars, while the price of the lateral flow test has been reduced from 3,500 to 1,800 dinars.

(Blic, 16.01.2021)


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