Covid isolation cut to five days in England
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that the Covid self-isolation period in England is being cut to five days from seven in a bid to ease the pressure on employers faced with staff absenteeism.
The change is effective from Monday, though once again Scottish employers and employees will have to wait for the Holyrood government to decide whether to follow suit.
From next week anyone who tests positive for Covid in England can leave self-isolation if they have two negative lateral flow tests after five full days, which brings the advice into line with the US.
The move will free up more workers who have contracted Covid to get back to work more quickly.
Karl Thompson, an economist from the Centre for Economics and Business Research, estimates that seven-day self-isolation costs the UK economy £83m per every 200,000 Covid cases.
Mr Javid told MPs: “I’ve always said to the house that any curbs on our freedoms must be an absolute last resort and we shouldn’t keep them in place for a day longer than necessary.