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Self-isolation period could be reduced from a fortnight to ten days in Spain

Fernando Simón.
Fernando Simón. / Reuters
  • This reduction in the quarantine still comes up short when compared with what many countries across Europe are doing

The long 14-day quarantine for coronavirus patients and suspected cases may soon be over in Spain, where a reduction to ten days is being considered. This was announced on Monday by the head of the government's pandemic response, Fernando Simón.

The Secretary for Public Health of the Generalitat, Josep Maria Argimon, said that Catalonia is considering a similar measure but would not take the decision without the agreement of the Ministry of Health.

This reduction in the quarantine still comes up short when compared with what many countries across Europe are doing, though. With scientific evidence suggesting that only five per cent of coronavirus-positive patients are still contagious after five days, France is considering reducing the period to seven days while in Germany a five-day quarantine is under consideration.