The change will take effect on the same day the country is expected to move to zero alert – when most restrictions on coronaviruses, except for masks in public places, are lifted, although this has not been lifted. yet been confirmed. See the details of what we know so far about it here.
Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 or exhibits symptoms must continue to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of their vaccination status, the Welsh government has said. The move will be introduced in Wales nine days before England plan to change their self-isolation rules on August 16.
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He will also advise people identified as a contact of a positive case to take a PCR test on the day. of them and day eight whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
The details are:
- The change takes effect from August 7
- Double-vaccinated people will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they come in contact with someone with Covid – although they are advised to take PCR tests on day two and day eight
- Children and young people under the age of 18 will also be exempt from the need for self-isolation if they are also identified as close contacts of a positive case.
- Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus or exhibits symptoms should continue to self-isolate for 10 days, whether or not they have been vaccinated
- The NHS Wales Test Trace Protect (TTP) service will use the Welsh Immunization Service to identify adults who are fully vaccinated and who will no longer be required to self-isolate if identified as close contacts.
- Instead of asking fully vaccinated adults to self-isolate, contact tracers and counselors will provide them with advice and guidance on how to protect themselves and stay safe.
- The TTP service will provide a “warn and inform” service for all fully vaccinated adults and those under 18, who are identified as close contacts.
The Welsh government has said some additional safeguards will be in place for those working with vulnerable people, especially health and social service staff, including a risk assessment for staff working in the health field and daily lateral flow care and testing.
The changes will help ease the pressure on vital services caused by the recent rapid increase in Covid cases, driven by the delta variant in the past two months.
Cases have increased 800% since the end of May, when they were at very low levels. Over the past week, case rates have started to drop across all parts of Wales.
Almost 80% of adults in Wales have been fully vaccinated – the best rates in the UK and some of the best in the world. You can read the full breakdown of vaccination rates in Wales here.
Announcing changes to the self-isolation rules, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Self-isolation on symptoms or a positive test result continues to be a powerful measure to help break the chains of transmission and stop the spread of the virus. It is important that we keep this, even for people who have been fully immunized.
“But we know that a full cycle of the vaccine gives people protection against the virus and that they are much less likely to contract it when identified as close contacts. This means that they no longer need to isolate themselves for 10 days.
“We can remove the need for self-isolation for the two million adults who have completed their vaccination course, helping keep Wales safe and working.
“We are also removing the need for children and youth under the age of 18 to isolate themselves, recognizing the impact of long periods without school and college on their well-being and education.”
The current system of support payments for low-income people who must self-isolate because they have tested positive or are in close contact with someone infected with the virus, will continue.
Meanwhile, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has challenged the government to match Wales by bringing forward the date when fully vaccinated people in England can avoid isolation.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted England is ‘nailed down’ to do the same from August 16.
Sir Keir, however, asked why England should have a schedule later, saying it risks creating more pain for families and businesses.
“It has been a summer of chaos for British businesses and British families,” Sir Keir said in a statement.
“The Conservative government has never been able to explain the logic of its self-isolation rules and has just repeated the same mistakes over and over again.
“As the British public tried to do the right thing, we saw the instincts of this government when Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak tried to avoid the isolation millions had to endure.
“The government’s botched approach to this global pandemic is crippling our economy and creating real problems for businesses and families. The Welsh work has shown what can be done and it is time for the Conservatives to do the same. “
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