Self isolation update and Christmas restrictions

Changes to Self-Isolation for People Infected with Covid

People infected with Covid in England can stop self-isolating up to three days early if they test negative twice, it has been announced.  They will now be able to end quarantine after 7 days instead of 10 by providing negative lateral flow results on day 6 and day 7.  Health Secretary Sajid Javid said it would minimise disruption caused by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and the change is based on the latest guidance from health experts. The new guidance can be used by people who are isolating after testing positive for Covid, regardless of their vaccination status.  But those who are not double-jabbed will still have to isolate for the full 10 days if they are a close contact of a positive case, as is currently the case.  People should not end their isolation early if they are still experiencing symptoms, officials said.  And people ending isolation on day 7 are strongly advised to limit contact with vulnerable people, not visit crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and work from home.

PM Confirms No New Restrictions Before Christmas

No new Covid restrictions will be brought in for England before Christmas, the prime minister has said.  Given the ongoing uncertainty over Omicron’s severity and the impact of vaccines, there was not enough evidence to justify any tougher measures before Christmas, but Boris Johnson said ministers “can’t rule out” any further measures after 25 December, with Omicron spreading at a speed never seen before.  He said the government would continue to closely monitor the data and would “not hesitate to act” after Christmas if needed.   He said people can go ahead with their Christmas plans but should exercise caution – and repeated his appeal for everyone to get a booster jab.

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