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Boris Johnson mulls cutting coronavirus isolation period – POLITICO

Boris Johnson mulls cutting coronavirus isolation period – POLITICO
British prime minister said his government would look at the science.

government is considering cutting the isolation period for fully-vaccinated people who test positive for coronavirus to five days, Boris Johnson said today.Cabinet ministers, including Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, have pushed for the isolation period for fully-vaccinated people infected with the virus to be reduced.government cut the isolation period for anyone recovering from coronavirus in England from 10 to seven days, as long as they test negative on the sixth and seventh day.Last month the United States announced a halving of its isolation period from 10 to five days for people who test positive for coronavirus but are asymptomatic.

The PM's spokesman confirmed today that UK Health Security Agency and the Cabinet Office's COVID taskforce were looking at proposals to reduce the isolation period, adding: "If it's possible for us to go further we will do so." Speaking to broadcasters, Johnson said that rapid lateral flow tests (LFTs) would continue to be distributed for free "as long as they’re very important," following reports that the government was planning to phase them out.

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