The Education Secretary Nadim Zahawi has raised the prospect of a further cut in COVID isolation rules and the country moving to a way of living with Covid

Speaking to Sky News, Zahawi said

I hope we will be one of the first major economies to demonstrate to the world how you transition from pandemic to endemic, and then deal with this — however long it remains with us, whether five, six, seven, 10 years,”

Zahawi also said that reducing the self-isolation period to five days from seven “would certainly help mitigate some of the pressures on schools, on critical workforce and others” — although he stressed he would defer to scientific advice.

The education secretary also denied the government planned to stop supplying free lateral flow tests – after a report in a Sunday paper and added that the government had ordered 425 million lateral flow devices in January.


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