The self-isolation period will be cut down to five days, Sajid Javid announces



Sajid Javid has announced Covid self-isolation period in England for those who test positive will be cut down to five days.

He told the Commons that the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) found “about two-thirds of the positive cases are no longer contagious by the end of day five”.

Earlier in the week, it was reported Boris Johnson and his cabinet agreed to cut the isolation period to reduce staff shortages.

The government had come under pressure from industries devastated by staff shortages to emulate the US approach, which recently halved its isolation period from ten days to five for people who test positive but have no symptoms. They must then wear a mask for another five days.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi had publicly supported plans to reduce the self-isolation period.

Talking to Sky News on Sunday, Zahawi said: “It would certainly help alleviate some of the pressure on schools, on critical workforce and others.

“But I would definitely be driven by advice from the experts, the scientists, on whether we should move to five days from seven days.”

Last month, the Covid isolation period in England was cut from 10 to seven days if two negative lateral flow tests were recorded at 24-hour intervals on days six and seven in quarantine.

Those who leave self-isolation on or after day seven should limit close contact with others in enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, work from home, and limit contact with anyone at higher risk for serious illness if they become infected with Covid-19.

Those who have not received two doses of the vaccine should still isolate for 10 days if they test positive or is a close contact with someone who has the virus.

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