Coronavirus self-isolation and quarantine reduced to ten days in Wales

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As of Thursday December 10th the time people have to self-isolate for coronavirus will be reduced from 14 days to ten in Wales.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, endorsed the change and said it is based on the current available evidence around the likelihood of being infectious as a contact after ten days.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, said: “We know that self-isolating is hard for people and we believe families, communities and business will welcome the announcement today to safely reduce the days in which people have to isolate.

“Self-isolation and quarantine play a key role in stopping the spread of the coronavirus and I want to thank everyone who continues to follow the rules and play their role in Keeping Wales Safe.”

 

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It also means that travellers returning from non-exempt countries will now only have to quarantine for ten days instead of 14.

The new self-isolation and quarantine advice will apply to:

  • People who have received a positive test result for COVID-19
  • People with symptoms of COVID-19 who are waiting for a test result, or who have not been tested and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home for the appropriate self-isolation period.
  • People living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19 or who has received a positive test result for COVID-19
  • Close contacts of positive cases of COVID-19
  • Travellers returning from a non-exempt country

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