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Coronavirus: Updated guidance

Changes to self-isolation period announced

by Guy Murphy

Self-isolation for people who been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID will be shortened from 14 to 10 days from Monday 14 December.

Anyone who is currently self-isolating and has been for 10 days or more will be able to end their self-isolation period on Monday, when the new guidance comes into effect.

Any contact who develops Covid-19 symptoms during their isolation period should get tested and if positive isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms, to ensure you are not passing on the virus.

The changes also apply to people who are in quarantine after returning from high-risk countries.

The UK Government announced changes after reviewing further evidence on the virus and its transmission.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The reduction in the length of the self-isolation period will allow many people to get back to work and some form of normality quicker, which is invaluable for our communities and our economy.

While self-isolation may be for a shorter period, it remains vital that everyone who is required to do so remains at their home for this time. It is only by doing this can we break the chain of transmission of the virus, this will protect the NHS and ultimately save lives

Knowsley residents should note that the NHS app in England will not update its 14-day counter until next Thursday. Anyone advised to isolate by the app can leave self-isolation once their countdown timer hits three days between Monday and Thursday.

If you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and have not been told to self-isolate due to being in contact with someone who is confirmed as having the virus, you can now get tested at one of our SMART Testing sites in Huyton, Halewood or Kirkby. People can have COVID-19 without knowing it as they don’t have any symptoms. Testing people without symptoms will identify people who could be unknowingly spreading the virus in our communities. Please note you do not need an appointment for these test centres and you should only attend if you are not displaying symptoms.

If you start to experience symptoms, it is important that you and your household self isolate and book a test. The main COVID-19 symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. If you have symptoms, book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.