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Freedom … with a catch: Self-isolation and school bubbles WILL be removed next Monday – but if you’re nuts you’ll be asked to take a Covid test and wear a mask

  • Double-bitten adults and all children will not be subject to isolation rules, as more than 33 million people in England will not be forced to self-quarantine from Monday
  • Instead of a 10-day isolation, those contacted will be advised to have a PCR test
  • Paralyzing ‘pingdemic’ staff shortages left supermarket shelves empty and forced businesses, including pubs and restaurants, to close their doors
  • Anyone who tests positive is legally required to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status.










Double-bitten adults and all children will be released from isolation rules on Monday as ministers finally end the pingemia.

More than 33 million people in England who received the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine will no longer have to self-quarantine if someone they have been in contact with tests positive.

The restrictions will also be lifted for all people under the age of 18 as the school bubbles are removed.

But ministers said last night that the double hit should remain cautious if he gets bitten and think about wearing a face covering in confined spaces and avoiding others, especially the elderly and those with health problems. health.

Instead of having to self-isolate for up to ten days, those contacted by NHS Test and Trace or via the Covid-19 app will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They will not have to isolate themselves while waiting for the result.

More than 33 million people in England who received the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine will no longer have to self-quarantine if someone they have been in contact with tests positive

The long-awaited rule change comes after weeks of chaos that have seen millions of workers forced to stay at home and children taken away from school even though they are not infected.

Paralyzing staff shortages have led to supermarket shelves being emptied and businesses, including restaurants and pubs, to shut down.

Figures from a fortnight ago showed that a record 1.2 million people have been quarantined in just one week, including nearly 700,000 who have been questioned by the Covid-19 app.

The new isolation rules for England come after similar changes were made in Wales last Saturday and Scotland on Monday.

Double-injected adults will have to wait 14 days after their second dose before being exempted from isolation rules for close contact.

Anyone who tests positive after a PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, regardless of their immunization status or age.

Figures from a fortnight ago showed that a record 1.2 million people were quarantined in just one week, including nearly 700,000 people interviewed by the Covid-19 app. [File image]

Figures from a fortnight ago showed that a record 1.2 million people were quarantined in just one week, including nearly 700,000 people interviewed by the Covid-19 app. [File image]

Quarantine requirements for travelers returning from abroad will remain the same.

The removal of isolation requirements for those under 18 precedes the return of millions of pupils and students to school and college for the fall term.

The bubble system that has seen entire classes or groups of years sent home will be removed.

“Stop mass testing and learn to live with the virus”

Only sick people should be tested for the coronavirus and all but the most vulnerable should be freed from general “control measures”, a government expert said.

Several leading scientists are explaining how Britain can move to ‘living with Covid’, calling for an end to disruptive measures such as mass testing and self-isolation.

Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the Government’s Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag), and others yesterday backed calls to drop routine testing of asymptomatic people.

He added that blanket lockdowns can no longer be justified as a way to control Covid and that restrictions should instead apply only to “the most vulnerable”.

Professor Hayward, an epidemiologist at University College London, said: “As we move into a kind of endemic situation rather than a pandemic, the potential damage the virus can cause at the population level is much less.

“So you can’t really justify such broad population-wide controls and we tend to target controls more on those who are most vulnerable.”

Meanwhile, as 29,612 more cases and 104 deaths were reported yesterday, Professor Hayward warned that herd immunity was a “mythical” goal.

He said: “I think that’s a pretty distant prospect and we have to get used to the concept that it will become… a disease that is with us all the time and is probably transmitted seasonally, like the flu.”

Instead, high school and college students will have to take two tests on site at the start of the new term, followed by lateral flow tests twice a week at home.

Ministers have vowed to review testing requirements by the end of next month.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said last night: “Asking close contacts of people with Covid-19 to self-isolate has played a vital role in helping us bring this virus under control, and millions of people across the UK have made huge sacrifices in doing this.

“Each of these sacrifices has helped us protect the NHS and save lives.”

He added: “Getting two doses of a vaccine tipped the scales in our favor and allowed us to safely reclaim our lost freedoms, and from Monday we can take another big step forward. back to normal life by removing the self-isolation requirements for double-biting people who are contacts of people with Covid-19.

“Double-needle people who test positive will still need to self-isolate.”

Mr Javid continued, “Vaccines are what will end this pandemic – the wall of defense provided by the deployment brings us even closer to normal life.

“If you haven’t already, be sure to show up for your jab as soon as possible.”

Dr Jenny Harries, Managing Director of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Thanks to the tremendous success of the vaccination program, we are able to relax the self-isolation requirements for people with double injections and those under 18.

“It is important that close contacts continue to come forward for PCR testing, in order to detect the virus and the variants of concern.

“Although two doses of the vaccine will significantly reduce your own risk of getting sick with Covid-19, it is still possible to contract the virus and pass it on to others.”

Dr Harries added: “So if you develop symptoms at any time – vaccinated or not – you should get tested and be very careful in your contact with others until you have received a result of. negative test.

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