The self-isolation period for fully vaccinated people who test positive for Covid-19 has been cut from seven days to five.
Announced by Sajid Javid, the new changes are in line with the American policy that was also changed recently.
In a statement to MPs, Sajid Javid said: “Two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by the end of day five” and added that the changes are to “maximise activity in the economy and education.”
This means that as of now if a fully vaccinated person has a negative lateral flow test on day five and on the morning of day six of isolation they will be allowed to leave their homes.
The news comes as it was announced that chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam is stepping down from his role.
More to follow.