LONDON – The UK government is considering reducing the isolation period to five days for fully vaccinated people who test positive for the coronavirus, Boris Johnson said today.
Cabinet ministers, including Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, have pushed for the isolation period for fully vaccinated people infected with the virus to be reduced.
The British government last month reduced the isolation period for anyone recovering from coronavirus in England from 10 to seven days, provided it was negative on days six and seven. Zahawi said yesterday that reducing that deadline to five days for fully vaccinated people “would certainly help” ease pressures in workplaces affected by staff absences, including schools.
Last month, the United States announced a halving of its isolation period from 10 to five days for people who test positive for the coronavirus but asymptomatic. As a result, some Tory MPs and senior ministers have pressured the UK government to follow suit.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson today confirmed that the UK Health Security Agency and the Cabinet Office COVID task force are considering proposals to reduce the period of isolation, adding: “If it is possible for us to go further we will. “
Speaking to broadcasters, Johnson said rapid lateral flow (LFT) tests will continue to be distributed for free “as long as they are very important”, following reports that the government plans to phase them out. .
The prime minister said testing was an important line of defense against the pandemic, as were vaccinations.
Its spokesperson said there was “no plan” to start charging LFTs imminently, “at a later stage, as the government’s response to the virus changes, universal free provision of such tests. will end”.