On April 7, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will scrap its testing recommendations that hospitalized patients and people accompanying patients not experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms get tested. The CECC will change the recommendation to advise that these people should get tested if they experience fever, respiratory symptoms, pneumonia, abnormal sense of taste or smell, or diarrhea of unknown cause after assessment by a doctor. Details are listed below.
A. The recommendation that new inpatients and people accompanying patients who do not experience COVID-19-related symptoms get tested on the day on which they enter the hospital will be removed.
B. The recommendation that patients being observed for 24 hours or longer in emergency rooms and people accompanying patients who do not experience COVID-19-related symptoms may get a COVID-19 test will be removed.
C. The recommendation, which says inpatients not experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms get tested during hospitalization if their hospitals deem it necessary, based on the risk of community transmission and practical needs, to give tests three to five days after admission, every week, or before invasive procedures or surgeries or if doctors deem it necessary, will be removed.