The public health commission, which represents the autonomous communities and the Ministry of Health, has agreed “unanimously” to reduce the quarantine of all Covid positive people and those who are asymptomatic to seven days, compared to the ten.

According to the department of health, those who have not been vaccinated and who have been in close contact with a positive case will also see their isolation period reduced to seven days, compared to ten established so far. The rule already stated that vaccinated people who were in close contact should not be quarantined.

Health Minister Carolina Darias has justified the decision to reduce the quarantine time to seven days because omicron has a “shorter incubation period” than previous variants. As stated by the Minister at a press conference after the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS), no evidence will be required to end this isolation.

“We need to monitor the evolution of omicron on a daily basis with special monitoring of positivity, hospitalisation and ICU,” said Darias.