1. Reduce hospital stay
Mild cases of Covid-19 will no longer be sent to hospitals in China
“light” cases would still be required to isolate at designated facilities where they would be monitored and sent to hospital if needed.
Previously, anyone who tested positive was admitted to hospital for observation.
2. Adjust the discharge criteria
It is easier for Covid-19 patients to be discharged from hospital or end their isolation period by raising the “cycle threshold”, or Ct value, on PCR tests.
Ct value indicates how hard it is for the test to detect the virus – the higher it is, the less virus there is in the swab sample and the less infectious the person is. Now, if a PCR test shows a Ct value of 35 or above – the number commonly used outside China – the person is considered to have tested negative and can be released from hospital or isolation.
Previously in China, a negative test result was counted as a Ct value above 40.
3. Reduce centralized isolation
Under the new NHC rules, cases discharged from hospital or released from isolation can now spend the following seven days at home for health monitoring instead of the previous 14 days at a designated quarantine facility.