The Minister of Education says reducing self-isolation from seven days to five days will help
The Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi (Nadhim Zahawi) suggested that if the self-isolation period for Covid-infected patients is officially shortened, the pressure on the UK’s “critical labor force” can be reduced.
Measures to shorten the quarantine period for people diagnosed with Covid-19 infection from 7 days to 5 days”It will definitely help relieve some of the pressure on schools, key labor, and other areas,” Zahavi told British media on Sunday.
However, he said that experts and scientific advice are needed to achieve it. “What you don’t want is to create false results through higher levels of infection,” he added in an interview with Sky News.
Zahawi said that the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is currently investigating the issue. “It would be even more helpful if they review and say they will shorten it to five days, which is even better for me,” he told the Sunday Times.
I hope we will be one of the first major economies to show the world how you transition from pandemic to endemic.
Currently, if a person receives a positive Covid PCR test result, they need to self-quarantine immediately. If the two rapid lateral flow tests (self-administered antigen tests) performed on the 6th and 7th days (at least 24 hours apart) are negative, the quarantine can end-and the person does not have a fever. If the test result is still positive, the isolation period will be extended for another 10 days.
Last week, the British health agency stated that the quarantine period would be shortened “Would be counterproductive,” But its assessment may change based on further research, especially the Omicron variant and its difference from Delta. Health officials worry that some patients discharged on the fifth day may still be infectious.
According to the Minister of Education, there are currently several lines of defense against the deadly virus, including vaccination, antiviral drugs and testing. Zahawi said that the latter—especially lateral flow tests—will continue to be freely available to the public, adding that there were 425 million such tests in January alone.
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