New coronavirus isolation period confirmed

New coronavirus isolation period confirmed

Following a review of the latest evidence and discussions between the United Kingdom chief medical officers they are now confident that the self-isolation period can be reduced to 10 days.

The current self-isolation period is 14 days but the change will apply from first thing Monday, December 14.

Global arrivals from countries not on the government's travel corridor list will have the option to take a Covid-19 test after five days of self-isolation, which must be booked through a private provider.

This is a slight increase from last week, when it was estimated to be between 0.8 and 1.

No. Those with Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test result should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or from the date of the test if asymptomatic. 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 days, reads the joint statement by the CMOs for England (Chris Whitty), Northern Ireland (Michael McBride), Scotland (Gregor Smith) and Wales (Frank Atherton).

The new rules will apply to all those who are now self-isolating, including those who began doing so before Monday (14 December).

But by day 10, only around one to two people in 100 are likely to still be capable of passing on the virus to others, according to experts.

The chief medics for the four nations of the United Kingdom said in a joint statement they were "confident" in the changes "after reviewing the evidence".

"'And all of those combined together showed that the tail-end of infectiousness, if you like, is the one where an individual is least likely to transmit infection", she told reporters.

Someone who, from December 14, has been contacted through Test and Protect - including by the scot app - or their Local Health Board and have been notified to self-isolate, should do so for 10 days.

Close contacts include members of the same household who test positive for Covid-19 - from December 14, they will now only need to isolate for 10 days, rather than 14. From 15 December, arrivals into the country will be able to reduce their self-isolation period to as little as five days under a new testing strategy. We urge everyone to self-isolate when appropriate, it will save lives, they note.

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