Self-isolation period for Covid-19 could “be extended to 10 days”

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The self-isolation period for people with symptoms of coronavirus could extend to 10 days, according to reports.The advice for those who have been in close contact with someone infected with the virus will remain unchanged.

According to NHS guidelines, people must self-isolate for 14 days if you are alive or are in a bubble with someone who is showing symptoms.

The Times and Telegraph reported that Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Jonathan Van-Tam is expected to announce the change of mind, which says people with symptoms should self-isolate for at least seven days.

It comes amid fears from health officials of a “second peak” and an ongoing row over 14-day quarantine measures put in place for travelers returning from Spain.

Health bosses have warned of “very high” levels of concern over the possibility of a second peak in coronavirus cases.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said combining a spike in cases with “exhausted staff” as the NHS tries to rebuild services could prove “difficult”.

He told the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Coronavirus: “I would say that in terms of the second peak problem or something to come, the levels of concern among our members – the people who run the trusts of the NHS, which run primary care and at all levels in the systems – is very high.

“Winter and aggravating factors are really concerned, but also a peak earlier.”

The move also follows a diplomatic row over the requirement that travelers from Spain be quarantined for a period of 14 days upon arrival in the UK.

Speaking on his return to the UK on Wednesday after cutting short a family holiday in Spain, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he could not rule out more countries being added to the list of submitted countries government quarantine restrictions.

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