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England cuts coronavirus isolation to 5 days – POLITICO

England has become the latest country to reduce its isolation requirement for those infected with the coronavirus to five days as industries, including the healthcare sector, face widespread staff absences due to the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Thursday the decision was based on data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) which showed that “around two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by the end of the fifth day “.

Therefore, starting next Monday, anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus will no longer need to self-isolate for seven days, but five. They can come out of isolation at the start of the sixth day if they produce two negative lateral flows test results on days five and six.

England is following the United States, Greece and France in reducing its isolation to five days, subject to negative tests and no symptoms. Although based on data on how contagious people are, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Rochelle Walensky later admitted that the period “really had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate “.

The NHS Confederation has called for the decision if it can be supported by appropriate evidence. “We are happy that the government acted quickly,” said Matthew Taylor, director general of the confederation.

He stressed that “the number of people hospitalized is still high, with admissions still on the rise” in some areas, adding that “we are certainly not out of the woods yet”.

Javid said there were “encouraging signs” that infections are declining in London and eastern England, but recognized rates continued to rise in other parts of the country. He pointed out that there were already early signs that the hospitalization rate was also starting to slow.


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