From today (30 July 2020), people who are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, or who have tested positive for the virus, must now self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days rather than seven.
Previously anyone who showed symptoms of COVID19 or had received a positive test was required to self-isolate for at least week to prevent the spread of the virus.
The extension of the self-isolation period is seen as a necessary precaution to protect people’s health.
If you have a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, you should now book a coronavirus test and self-isolate for 10 days.
You can book a test on the NHS website or by calling 119.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The advice from the UK’s Chief Medical Officers is that people with coronavirus can still be infectious after seven days and they should therefore self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. These measures will be vital to follow if we are to protect people’s health, particularly the most vulnerable members of society.”
If you are required to self-isolate support is available to you.