Coronavirus isolation period extended to 10 days as people may be infectious for longer – Latest News

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The government said they have made the decision as part of decisions made to target “interventions to reduce risk to the general population” at this point in the pandemic.

The Department of Health and Social Care made the announcement on Thursday, and said new evidence suggests those who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness.

The UK’s Chief Medical Officers says evidence suggests people with coronavirus have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after contracting the illness

The government said they have made the decision as part of decisions made to target the virus at this point in the pandemic

New evidence suggests those who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness

Mr Hancock said that a new spike in Covid-19 cases is “clearly” beginning to emerge in Europe

The UK coronavirus isolation period has been extended from seven to 10 days as people with symptoms could be infectious for longer.

The Department of Health and Social care added: “In symptomatic people COVID-19 is most infectious just before, and for the first few days after symptoms begin. It is very important people with symptoms self-isolate and get a test, which will allow contact tracing.

In a statement, the UK’s Chief Medical Officers said: “The self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.”

“This will help provide additional protection to others in the community. This is particularly important to protect those who have been shielding and in advance of the autumn and winter when we may see increased community transmission.”

“We have considered how best to target interventions to reduce risk to the general population and consider that at this point in the epidemic, with widespread and rapid testing available and considering the relaxation of other measures, it is now the correct balance of risk to extend the self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days for those in the community who have symptoms or a positive test result.

“Evidence, although still limited, has strengthened and shows that people with COVID-19 who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness onset.

It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned of a “second wave starting to roll across Europe” as countries continue to report a rise in caes.

And added the 10-day isolation measure was “part of that, but so too are the measures we’re taking, for instance, to ensure that we don’t directly bring cases back to this country where there’s a big spike in cases.”

He told Sky News: “I am worried about a second wave. I think you can see a second wave starting to roll across Europe and we’ve got to do everything we can to prevent it from reaching these shores and to tackle it.”

Mr Hancock said that a new spike in Covid-19 cases is “clearly” beginning to emerge in Europe as he said “we’ve got to do everything” to prevent it reaching the UK.

Mr Hancock’s comments come after the FCO released advice against travelling to Spain, including the Canary and Balearic Islands.

“This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).

“If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.”

The travel authority said: “From 27 July, the FCO advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.

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