Britain is to extend the isolation period for people who have tested positive for coronavirus following a rise in cases in Europe.
The new rules will mean that people who have tested positive for the virus will now need to self-isolate for 10 days rather than 7 days, which was the previously recommended isolation period.
The government’s new measures will mean that individuals who have had symptoms need to plan for additional days at home, which follows scientific evidence suggesting that people can remain infectious up to 9 days.
Extending the isolation period was considered during the lockdown however new evidence has emerged reinforcing the need for a longer self-isolation period, and comes into line with the World Health Organization’s new recommendations.
While infections in Britain have been slowly rising, an alarming outbreak in Spain has led to the government imposing a new 14-day quarantine on people coming back from holiday regardless if they have symptoms or not. The move was condemned by the Spanish Prime Minister however Germany has followed the UK in implementing its own restrictions, however, only to certain regions of Spain that have been the worst affected.
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