The self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19 is being cut to just 5 days, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.
It means that from Monday, workers could be back to work within the week, reducing the impact on business and the wider economy.
Data from the UK Health Security Agency shows that around two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by the end of day 5. Currently, the self-isolation period ends after 7 days if the infected person tests negative on days 5 and 6.
Latest data also reveals that Omicron is milder than other strains of COVID-19 with the risk of hospitalisation 50-70% lower than the Delta variant.
Brits will still need to carry out a Lateral Flow Test on days 5 and 6 to stay out of isolation.
Self-Isolation Scenario – from Monday 17th January
• Show symptoms or test positive using a lateral flow test at 09:00 on Monday morning
• Isolation for 5 full days
• First lateral flow test at 09:00 on Friday morning – negative test required
• Second lateral flow test at 09:00 on Saturday morning – if this is negative you can leave isolation
• If the LFT is positive you must continue to isolate until it is negative
Don’t miss another story! Get the Island’s latest news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up to our daily newsletter here.