BREAKING: Self-isolation in England cut from seven days to five

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Breaking News – The self-isolation period for fully vaccinated people in England who have Covid will be reduced from seven days to five.

The health secretary Sajid Javid has announced today that the self-isolation period for fully vaccinated people in England who have Covid will be reduced from seven days to five.

Javid announced the move in a Commons statement to MPs.

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He said, citing data from the UK Health Security Agency: “Two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by the end of day five.”

Currently, fully-vaccinated people who test positive for Covid can end their isolation period if they test negative on a lateral flow test on days six and seven. The test must be taken 24 hours apart.

If they still test positive after day seven then they must stay in isolation for 10 days.


This change was made just before Christmas, however, there have been calls for the government to cut the isolation period further because of continuing pressure on businesses and the NHS amid staff shortages due to the spread of the Omicron variant.


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Laura is from a small seaside town in North Wales and has also lived in Liverpool and Manchester, where she studied English Literature and worked in social media and marketing. Laura moved to the city of Zaragoza last August to teach English, but after missing the coast she decided to move to beautiful Nerja to enjoy the sun and sea. Laura has a passion for animals, films, outdoor activities, writing and the environment.

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