The isolation period for covid-19 patients has now been reduced to 10 days from the initial 14-day period. This was announced by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize who was holding a briefing to discuss the government’s new approach to tracking and tracing Covid-19 patients and those who they come into contact with. Mkhize revealed that the department has received advise that quarantine periods could be as short as 8 days but revealed that they would keep it at 10 days for patients who have mild symptoms. Patients who have severe symptoms must self-isolate for the entire 14 day period. He has called on South Africans to continue adhering to the safety precautionary measures.