UK to cut Covid self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days as testing ramped up

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The amount of time Brits will have to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone with coronavirus is to be cut from two weeks to 10 days, it has been reported.

Anyone who comes into contact with someone infected with coronavirus currently has to self-isolate for two weeks – although The Guardian reports that this will now be decreased to 10 days.

The reduced quarantine time is reportedly being made possible by increasing the use of rapid tests.

It is reported that Brits will be allowed to stop self-isolating on the tenth day after coming into contact with an infected person, following a negative test but if they test positive on that date, they will be asked to continue self-isolating for a further eight days.

New rapid test centres in Liverpool were opened last week as part of the first mass coronavirus testing programme.

The armed forces have been brought in to the city to help deliver the scheme, which uses lateral flow tests to deliver results in under an hour for people who are not showing symptoms of the virus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the rapid testing being piloted for the next 10 or so days in Merseyside could be a "real way forward through the crisis".

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