Covid-19 self-isolation period cut to five days
The health secretary Sajid Javid has announced that the self-isolation period for a positive Covid-19 result has been reduced to five days starting from Monday 17 January. The change is to maximise economic activity, but still limit infection risk as many industries tackle staff absences due to isolating. Javid says people must test twice with lateral flow tests and get a negative result each time before leaving their isolation.
PCR tests no longer need to be taken after a positive lateral flow test
From this week most people with a positive lateral flow test will now not need to take a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm they have COVID-19.