The Covid-19 self isolation period for contacts and holiday quarantine is to be cut from 14 to 10 days from Monday, the Government has announced  and reports say it could be abolished in the New Year.

The change will come into force in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 14 December.

The reduction in the period follows a review of the current available evidence by England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty; Scotland’s chief medical officer, Dr Gregor Smith; Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer, Dr Michael McBride and Wales’ chief medical officer Dr Frank Atherton.

The health chiefs said in a joint statement that following a review of the evidence, they were “confident” that the self-isolation period could be shortened adding that self-isolation is essential to reducing the spread of COVID as it breaks the chains of transmission”


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