People experiencing coronavirus symptoms in the UK will now have to self-isolate for 10 days, health officials have confirmed.
Chief Medical Officers have made the change immediate in order to bring the UK in line with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines.
Until today, people showing symptoms of Covid-19 in the UK only had to isolate for a 7 day period minimum.
England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam says the change was being made due to the ‘low but real possibility of infectiousness’ between seven and 10 days after the onset of the illness.
The change comes as ministers prepare for the onset of a second wave.
Boris Johnson has warned there are signs of a second spike across Europe. He has also defended a 14-day quarantine on travellers returning from Spain.
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