Covid-19 news: Self-isolation period cut to 5 days in England

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Latest coronavirus news as of 2pm on 13 January

Isolation period shortened for people with covid-19 in England

People who test positive for covid-19 in England will be able to stop self-isolating after five days if they have two negative lateral flow test results, the UK health minister has announced. 

Sajid Javid told MPs in the House of Commons that UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data showed “that around two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by the end of day five”.

From Monday, people will be able to finish isolation at the start of day six if they record two…

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