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The UK reduces COVID-19 self-isolation to 7 days for most people in the UK

The UK reduces COVID-19 self-isolation to 7 days for most people in the UK

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has reduced the period of self-isolation for COVID-19 from 10 days to 7 days for those in the UK who tested negative in a two-day side test. Sequence.

The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in the UK Registration levels Factories have been battling staff shortages for the past week, including hospitals warning of the risk of compromising patient safety.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) recommended a seven-day isolation period in its analysis with two negative lateral flow test results, as well as a 10-day isolation period without the same safety effect test.

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“We want to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on people’s daily lives,” Health Minister Sajid Javed said in a statement.

Rapid lateral flow tests provided free of charge by the UK National Health Service can be done at home and yield results within 15 to 30 minutes.

The government said those who tested negative on the sixth and seventh day of the self-isolation period should not be isolated for 10 days and that tests should be conducted at 24-hour intervals.

The United States Humanitarian Services Commission (UKHSA) has strongly advised that those leaving home after seven days are “strongly advised” to limit contact with others in congested or poorly ventilated areas, to work from home and to reduce contact with those at risk of contracting COVID. 19.

UKHSA said: “The new approach reflects the latest evidence of the length of the virus’s spread and supports essential public services and distribution chains during the winter, while at the same time controlling the spread of the virus.”

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According to UK government data, there are currently 129 people hospitalized with the Omicron variant, with 14 deaths so far.

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Further limitations depend on the data obtained.

“As the Prime Minister said, the results are well balanced,” Javed said. The whole government looks at all the data on a daily basis and we review it very carefully.

“If new rules are needed and the data show that they are needed, of course we will not hesitate to act.”

UKHSA is expected to release more information about Omicron before Christmas.

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Kylie McClellan’s Report James Davy Additional Report Jonathan Odyssey and Mark Potter Editing

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