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CECC allowing quicker discharge of COVID patients to ease hospital strain

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Taipei, May 27 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) amended its guidelines Thursday for the hospitalization of COVID-19 patients, saying earlier discharge may be allowed under certain conditions, in an effort to free up hospital rooms amid a surge in domestic cases.

Patients showing signs of recovery at least 10 days after they first developed symptoms may be discharged, without having to be tested again, and they will be required to remain in home quarantine for seven days, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, who heads the CECC.

Such patients, however, will not be permitted to take public transportation from hospital to their homes, he said.

In cases where the patient is showing signs of recovery after 10 days and obtain a negative PCR test or one that shows a low viral load, they will not be required to quarantine at home, but rather to conduct self-health management for seven days, Chen said.

He said the amended guidelines also apply to asymptomatic patients who were diagnosed at least 10 days ago and were hospitalized prior to the CECC protocols that were put in place May 16 and now require only that they be quarantined at home.

The new guidelines are being introduced to help ease the strain on hospitals, as domestic COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise, according to the CECC.

On Thursday, Taiwan reported 667 new domestic COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths.

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