Isolation rules for Covid-19 to be stepped up in major announcement – Latest News

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Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam is expected to make an announcement on Thursday about the increase in the isolation period, sources suggest.

The proposed isolation period for anyone with symptoms of suspected Covid-19 in the UK will be increased to 10 days from the current seven, the Telegraph reports.

Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam is expected to announce on Thursday an increase to the guidelines on Covid isolation periods, which is currently set at seven days

Self-isolation rules for those poorly with coronavirus symptoms are set to get tougher

Blackburn with Darwen Borough have become “areas for intervention” after a spike in coronavirus cases. Authorities have increased testing in an effort to avoid a local lockdown being forced upon the area

If you test positive or have symptoms you must isolate for seven days currently but that could be stepped up to 10 from this week

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is also expected to say on Thursday that ministers wish to find a solution to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for those entering the UK.

The government is set to issue tougher self-isolation guidelines in the battle to contain a second wave of coronavirus.

This is why quarantine and self-isolation periods for those with symptoms are likely to be ramped up to 10 days, the report added.

It comes as fears mount over a “second spike” in England and amid an ongoing row over 14-day quarantine measures put in place for travellers returning from Spain.

Meanwhile advice for those who have been in close contact with someone with the virus will remain unchanged – remaining at 14 days as it was at the beginning of the pandemic.

The new rules are expected to be put in place ahead of wave of holidaymakers returning from Spain and other parts of Europe at the weekend, where cases have also spiked.

Meanwhile health bosses have warned of “very high” levels of concern about the possibility of a second spike in UK coronavirus cases before winter comes.

Guidance from the NHS states you must self-isolate for 14 days if you live with, or are in a bubble with, someone that has symptoms.

He told the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus: “I would say in relation to the second spike issue or something coming, the levels of concern among our members – the people who are leading NHS trusts, who are leading in primary care and all levels in the systems – is very high.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said that the combination of a spike of cases with “exhausted staff” while the NHS tries to rebuild services could prove “challenging”.

“There’s real concern about winter and the compounding factors there, but also about an earlier spike.”

It comes at the same time as a spike in cases in new parts of the UK, such as Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, and Manchester City.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the rate has risen from 81.2 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 19 to 87.3 in the seven days to July 26. A total of 130 new cases have been recorded.

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