A new push to cut the ten-day Covid isolation period to a week after experts warned that current rules could cripple the economy
- Anyone infected with the virus should be isolated for 10 days after showing symptoms or testing
- Sources say a change in policy is “under consideration” to prevent the UK from stopping
- It even has the support of Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London
Ministers are considering reducing the quarantine period for people who have tested positive for Covid from ten to seven days.
As reported in the Daily Mail Saturday, health experts, lawmakers and business leaders called for change, warning that current rules risk crippling healthcare and the economy.
Anyone infected with the virus should be isolated for ten days after they first develop symptoms or test positive.
But the “blunt gadget” fails to explain the contagion and is fueling the “lockdown by stealth” by keeping so many people at home.
Anyone infected with the virus should be isolated for ten days after they first develop symptoms or test positive
It has now been shown that modeling by government scientific advisors indicates that it would be possible to reduce the isolation period without having a significant impact on infection rates if people test negative before they are released.
Sources say a change in policy is being “considered” to prevent the country from stalling.
He even has the support of Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, whose death-fueled predictions led to earlier lockdown measures.
When asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Saturday how he felt about reducing the quarantine period to seven days, Professor Ferguson said: ‘All modeling and analysis would suggest that, if combined with a lateral flow test, it would not reduce the effectiveness of the procedure. That much.’
He even has the support of Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, pictured, whose death-fueled predictions led to earlier lockdown measures.
Conservative MP Peter Boone backed the change, saying: “We need a more sophisticated policy that can help get people back to work as quickly as possible.”
Officials estimate that 1 million people a day could soon be infected with the Omicron variant, which would leave “segments” of the population stranded. Experts say this could hurt the economy by leaving stores, bars and restaurants with very few workers and customers while emergency services will also be understaffed.
The number of NHS staff in London absent due to Covid has more than doubled in four days and one in three of the workforce will be out by New Year’s Eve if the growth rate continues.
Such a situation would be “disastrous”, said Patricia Marques, director of the Royal College of Nursing of England.