Test and Trace Coronavirus Contacts Isolation period Could Be Halved

Contacts of people infected with coronavirus may soon only have to self-isolate for as little as seven days.

Officials on the government’s COVID-19 taskforce are understood to be examining the case for reducing the current 14-day period of isolation to between seven and 10 days. A government official said: “Teams are looking at what we can do around those isolation periods. This will be scientifically-led. We are not ready to make a final decision or announcement on that yet but we want to make sure we are moving with science.”

Currently, contacts of infected people need to isolate for 14 days but officials on the Government’s Covid-19 taskforce are understood to be examining the possibility of reducing the isolation period to between 10 days and a week. This change, if it goes ahead, would not apply to people who test positive for coronavirus and comes as ministers and MPs are growing dissatisfied with the performance of the Test and Trace system.

Boris Johnson was said to have become “disillusioned” with statistics provided by the service after they proved to be wrong. The move, which would not apply to those who test positive for the disease, comes amid growing dissatisfaction with the performance of the system from ministers and MPs.


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