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Changes to self-isolation guidance for positive COVID-19 cases

by Sandra Issar

Self-isolation guidance has been changed from today (22 December 2021) for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

If they have tested positive, they can stop self-isolating up to three days early if they have tested negative twice.

They will now be able to end quarantine after seven days instead of 10 by providing negative lateral flow results on day six and day seven.

People should not end their isolation early if they are still experiencing a high temperature.

People ending isolation on day seven are strongly advised to limit contact with others in particular vulnerable people, not visit crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and work from home if they can.

The new guidance can be used by people who are isolating after testing positive for Covid, regardless of their vaccination status.

But those who are not double-jabbed will still have to isolate for the full 10 days if they are a close contact of a positive case, as is currently the case.

Further information about testing over Christmas can be found here.