Coronavirus: Extending the period of self-isolation to 10 days


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The length of people with coronavirus symptoms will have to be self-segregated to increase to 10 days in England.

Currently, people who have a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell have to isolate themselves for seven days.

But Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to announce on Thursday that the period is being extended.

This comes after the Prime Minister warned of a second wave of infection.

It is unclear if developed nations would follow the lead of the UK government, but current guidance was adopted UK-wide.

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There are concerns about a number of local outbreaks across the UK, including Oldham, Worksham and Staffordshire.

Britain’s requirement for people who tested positive to isolate for seven days was always low – many other countries require 10 days or longer.

As the coronavirus is new, there is a lack of certainty as to how long a person remains infectious.

Research suggests that a person may get an infection two days before symptoms develop and become contagious during this period. For most, it does not last more than seven days.

Those with prolonged symptoms are advised to isolate them in advance.

But the decision to remain isolated for 10 days is likely to be made for several reasons.

There is a lot of evidence that people continue to shed the virus even after the symptoms are gone – although the extent to which it indicates the risk of infection to another person is not clear.

Another factor that may have played a role in the decision is that extensive testing is beginning to take people into asymptomatic states.

And, finally, it sends an important signal. By increasing the length of isolation, it serves as a warning against decency.

Under the current rules, people who share a house with someone with symptoms of Kovid-19 must self-isolate for 14 days.

People returning to the UK from some countries are also being asked to quarantine for 14 days – a move that has given rise to complaints from travel firms.

According to the Daily Telegraph, ministers are looking for a route to reduce the current 14-day quarantine period for arrivals in the UK, meaning quarantine and self-isolation time periods can be standardized.

Luxembourg ‘In List’

This is when the government held a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss which countries have not been exempted from the quarantine regime, to be added to this list, following cases added over the weekend in Spain.

A senior government source told the BBC that Luxembourg is likely to be added this week but this time – numbers will be tracked in Belgium.

Earlier, major travel and airline industry figures called for coronavirus testing at airports in the UK, but the source said that “any new system should be workable and at the moment it is not”.

The Health Department said 83 people died of coronovirus in the UK, with a total of 45,961 deaths.

It also reported 763 other confirmed cases, taking a total of 301,455.

What are the current rules on self-isolation?

Self-isolation means staying home and not leaving it.

People who have symptoms of coronavirus should isolate themselves for seven days and arrange for a test. Symptoms include:

  • A loss of, or a change in, your general knowledge of taste or smell

Other members of their household should set aside for 14 days and not leave their homes.

If you test positive, you will be contacted by contact trainers, who will establish who you have gone through for the infection.

Any person who is in danger must disassociate themselves from the point of contact for 14 days.

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