Quarantine is a precautionary measure taken to stop the spread of a contagious disease. The UAE Government advises quarantining to those who may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Violating home quarantine procedures is an act punishable by law.
Quarantine is a precautionary measure taken to stop the spread of a contagious disease. It involves restricting the movement of healthy people who may have been exposed to a communicable disease. People would be confined to a house or a hotel and be away from others for a certain period of time, usually 14 days in the case of COVID-19, in order to ensure that they are free of the disease.
Isolation is the separation of ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy, so that they do not infect others.
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As of 25 March 2022, quarantine is not required for those who came in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19. However, they must undergo an RT-PCR test on day one and seven, or when the contact starts showing symptoms of COVID-19.
However, each emirate has the flexibility to determine the duration of the quarantine period and the number and the duration within which RT-PCR tests need to be done.
Read about the other reduced precautionary measures in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
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