COVID-19 self isolation period cut to 5 full days


From Monday the 17 January 2022, the self-isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 is being cut to five full days in England.


People will be able to leave isolation after negative lateral flow tests on days five and six. This is based on the UK Health Agency having found that two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by day five.


The Health Secretary said the self-isolation period was aimed at maximising activity in the economy while "minimising the risk of people leaving isolation".


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