COVID-19 Isolation Period Shortened to 7 Days

The Government of North Macedonia reached a decision at a session held on Wednesday afternoon to shorten the isolation period for COVID-19-positive patients from 10 to 7 days. With the new decision, citizens that have taken a PCR test which came positive for COVID-19, will have to remain in isolation for 7 days counting from the day the test results were revealed. Once the isolation period is over, the person in question must stick to anti-COVID protocols, which means they must wear a face mask of the type N95 or FFP2 when indoors among other people and keep physical distance from them, for the next three days. Citizens vaccinated with two or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or that have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months will not be legally forced to go into isolation, but will have to stick to the anti-COVID protocols like wearing masks and keeping physical distance. At this session, the government also accepted the decision of the Infectious Diseases Committee, according to which the summer semester of the school year 2021/2022 will start on 1 February in all primary and secondary schools around the country with physical presence of students, who will still have to constantly wear face masks while inside the school premises.