Everyone in the UK is waking up for ‘Freedom Day’ this morning, July 19 – with most of the Covid restrictions that have been in place for more than a year having been lifted.
Boris Johnson on July 12 announced that nightclubs in the UK were now allowed to reopen and people were allowed to gather indoors in groups of more than six people – while masking and social distancing rules were in place. abolished.
It will not be a full return to normal, however, with Mr Johnson warning ‘the pandemic is not over’ – amid a rapid rise in cases past the 50,000 mark a day after the arrival of the variable Delta body.
He said masks would still be encouraged in crowded spaces such as public transport, and added that people working from home should return to their normal workplace ‘gradually’.
While lockdown measures may have been lifted, it’s a different story for the millions of people forced to self-isolate after being ‘pinged’ by the Covid app – led for staff shortages in some businessess and was even forced to close a Tube line due to a lack of workers.
However, those who have had to self-isolate after being contacted by Test and Trace, or due to being in a school bubble with a Covid case, are also facing a change in the rules in the coming weeks. .
So just when will Test and Trace and self-isolation end?
When will self-isolation end?
Self-isolation rules will still apply after July 19, meaning anyone who tests positive or is notified by the NHS Covid-19 app that they have been in close contact with someone with the virus withdraw, still have to self-isolate for 10 days.
However, those who are fully vaccinated will not have to be isolated if close contact tests positive for coronavirus after August 16.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs in the House of Commons that The rule will also apply to anyone under the age of 18.
Adults who have been in close contact with a positive case will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible to make sure they are not infected, but it is not necessary to isolate until the results are known.
People who have been hit twice can still get coronavirus, with the most common symptoms including a runny nose and sore throat.
The Health Minister added that anyone who tests positive will have to self-isolate whether they were stabbed or not.
Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, has also announced that Covid-19 bubbles will be used in UK schools – for those under the age of 18 who are exempt from self-isolation from August 16.
The rules would end sending children home from school if someone in their ‘bubble’ class gets a positive test result.
Recent UK statistics show that the number of students dropping out and self-isolating due to Covid-19 hit a record high of 641,000 students.
Only 28,000 of these people have confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Education professionals have expressed their concern at the potential interference this could have on student learning.
Gavin Williamson told Congress that ‘keeping children in consistent groups is essential to controlling the spread of the virus as our population is less immunized.
‘We recognize that the system of bubbles and isolation is causing disruption to many children’s education.
‘That’s why we will end the bubble and move contact tracing to the NHS Test and Trace system for early years institutions, schools and universities.’
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