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Isolating for ten days will be scrapped for double-jabbed Brits who have come into contact with a covid victim, according to reports.
The law of staying at home for ten days after meeting someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, will be tweaked from the new 'freedom' date of July 19, it is reported.
Instead of isolating, The Sun claims people will have to take daily lateral flow tests over the same ten day period.
The change to policy comes after a successful pilot scheme which has run since April.
A negative result in the morning will permit whoever would have previously isolated, to leave the home as normal.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said this week that on on July 19, he wants the UK “back to life as it was before Covid as far as possible”
Mandatory quarantine after travel despite having a second vaccination has caused confusion even for members of the Conservative party.
Tory MP Liam Fox said: “We are welcome in France if we have had two jabs as they cover all the main variants — equals good sense.
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"If we have had two jabs, we have to isolate on return from France to UK — equals no sense. French Uefa official comes to the UK and does not have to isolate — equals second-class citizens in our own country.”
Fellow MP Huw Merriman asked Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: “We have a roadmap with data and dates. For international travel, can we have the equivalent of a flight path so we know what is going to happen and when and by what measure?”
Pressure has also come to confirm a date that will allow holidaymakers to not have to quarantine after visiting an amber list country.
Tory MP Julian Sturdy said: “Ideally, we need it in place at the start of the summer holidays to give families the confidence to book and ensure it has the maximum impact in helping the travel sector to recover. If this is delayed for too long, the summer for the travel sector will be lost.”
MP for Crawley, West Sussex Henry Smith has warned: “If we don’t have a meaningful summer of transatlantic operations, it’s expected to cost the UK economy £2.5billion and up to 52,000 jobs lost.”
- Boris Johnson
- Covid vaccine
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