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England’s COVID-19 Self-Isolation Period Cut to 5 Days

People in self-isolation after positive COVID-19 tests will be allowed to end isolation one day earlier, the UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament on Thursday. It comes after the government was urged to amend the rule to alleviate staff shortages in health care, teaching, and other industries. From Jan. 17, people who test positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus in England can leave isolation on day six once they have two consecutive negative lateral flow tests taken 24 hours apart. The day the test is taken is day zero. This is one day shorter than under the current rules and in line with the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Without tests, the default length of self-isolation remains 10 days. Those who are released early by test results are “strongly advised to wear face coverings and limit close contact with other people in crowded or …

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