The self-isolation period for fully vaccinated individuals has been cut to seven days in the UK as Prime Minister Boris Johnson rules out the possibility of further restrictions being imposed before Christmas.
Those who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to self-isolate for ten days once they receive a negative lateral flow test on days six and seven of their isolation period.
It is hoped that the new rule will help more people see their families at Christmas. Boris Johnson said that the “continuing uncertainty” surrounding the new Omicron variant’s severity meant that there was no sufficient evidence to justify the stricter measures currently.
Describing the situation as “finely balanced”, Johson has refrained from ruling out stricter measures after Christmas.
Johnson said that the data will remain under constant review while adding, “But in view of the continuing uncertainty about several things – the severity of Omicron, uncertainty about the hospitalisation rate or the impact of the vaccine rollout or the boosters, we don’t think today that there is enough evidence to justify any tougher measures before Christmas.”
“We continue to monitor Omicron very closely and if the situation deteriorates we will be ready to take action if needed.”
Regarding the isolation period being reduced to seven days, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid stated that ministers “want to reduce the disruption from Covid-19 to people’s everyday lives” while describing the step as a “very sensible, balanced and proportionate take.”
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