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Coronavirus: Self-isolation period reduced in Wales to 10 days

Coronavirus: Self-isolation period reduced in Wales to 10 days

From Thursday, the Coronavirus self-isolation and quarantine period in Wales will be reduced from 14 days to 10 days.

The reduction in the isolation to ten days is endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton and is based on the currently available evidence around the likelihood of people being infectious 10 days after contact with the virus. According to Dr Atherton, discussions on the topic have taken place between the four Chief Medical Officers of the UK.

Wales' Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething has approved a change to Coronavirus regulations set out in law in Wales, effective from Thursday 10 December. Speaking about the change, Mr Gething said;

 “We know that self-isolating is hard for people and we believe families, communities and business will welcome the announcement today to safely reduce the days in which people have to isolate.

“Self-isolation and quarantine play a key role in stopping the spread of the coronavirus and I want to thank everyone who continues to follow the rules and play their role in Keeping Wales Safe.”

Currently, people who test positive for COVID-19 only have to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of their test, however, the change to regulations will mean that people who are contacts of those with Coronavirus will only have to isolate for 10 days (reduced from 14 days under current rules).

The new self-isolation and quarantine advice will apply to;

  • people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result
  • people with symptoms of COVID-19 who are waiting for a test result or who have not been tested and do not require hospital treatment
  • people living in households with someone who shows potential COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for the virus
  • people travellers to Wales from a country not on the travel corridors list

The reduction in the self-isolation period will be welcome for many people, especially those who need to get back to work after returning from overseas.

The NHS COVID-19 app, which can alert people if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, is set to be updated so that the countdown timer to keep track of how long users need to self-isolate will be changed to 10 days from 17 December.

Currently, no change has been announced to the self-isolation guidelines in England. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We keep all self-isolation measures under review and any change to the current rules for those self-isolating in England would be announced by the Chief Medical Officer.”

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