The UK Chief Medical Officers today announced that the self isolation period will be reduced to 10 days for people who have been in contact with someone with covid or those returning from high-risk countries.
A statement released stated: “ After reviewing the evidence, we are now confident that we can reduce the number of days that contacts self-isolate from 14 days to 10.” The new rules will be introduced in full from next Monday. There full statement can be found here.
Dr Ben Spencer MP said:
Self isolation is an important tool in the effort to prevent the spread of covid as it breaks the chain of transmission. However asking people to isolate from society is a big imposition and it is essential that where restrictions such as this are needed they place the minimum burdens on people possible.
I am delighted that, following a review of the evidence, the Government is now able to reduce the isolation period while continuing to protect those most vulnerable.
People who test positive should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or 10 days from point of taking a positive test if asymptomatic.