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BRITS with coronavirus symptoms will be forced to self-isolate for ten days instead of seven to halt an infection surge.
The move is expected to be announced later today and comes as Boris Johnson battles to stop a second wave hitting the UK.
Currently, anyone with a new cough, fever or loss of taste or smell will be told to self-isolate for seven days.
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to announce later today that the isolation period is being extended to 10 days – even for a negative test, The Telegraph reports.
It comes after evidence the deadly virus can be spread later after infection than previously believed.
There are also expected to be further quarantine measures slapped on more European countries, The Times reports.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific officer, met with Boris Johnson and Cabinet ministers on Monday to discuss the plans.
The Prime Minister is said to be “extremely concerned” by new outbreaks “bubbling up”, both at home and abroad.
Sir Patrick told the PM he is concerned Britain is two to three weeks behind Spain in terms of the spread of infections, The Times reports.
Travellers returning to the UK from Luxembourg and Belgium are among those that could see new quarantine measures imposed as cases spike in Europe.
But ministers are said to be exploring ways to cut the quarantine time for returning travellers from 14 days to 10.
Last night five McDonald’s workers tested positive for coronavirus after an outbreak at a store in the West Midlands.
Bosses shut the fast-food outlet in Great Bridge, Sandwell, after the fast food workers became infected amid a near ten-fold rise in local cases.
The government is set to extend the stay-at-home period for people with Covid-19 symptoms from seven days to 10 days.
Anyone who tests positive is supposed to be contacted by contact tracers to work out who they may have passed the virus on to.
You must also self-isolate for 14 days if you live with (or are in a support bubble with) someone who:
And hundreds of people queued for coronavirus tests on Wednesday after 200 drinkers were filmed crammed into a pub “like sardines”.
Customers and staff who visited the boozer in Stone, Staffordshire, between July 16 and 18 are being urged to get swabs done after 10 people tested positive.
Figures show Oldham has overtaken locked-down Leicester for its rate of coronavirus cases and Blackburn is the most infected.
An updated list of towns and cities with the highest rates of Covid-19 infections has been published by Public Health England.
Leicester had the top spot for weeks since it was plunged into the UK’s first local lockdown until Blackburn overtook it last week.
Meanwhile, Rochdale faces tighter lockdown measures later this week as coronavirus cases in the town remain nearly as high as Spain.
Local public health chiefs have already tightened social distancing rules in Rochdale after cases hit 46 cases per 100,000 last week.
Britain’s R-rate is now rising in four regions and is above one in the South East and South West, meaning the virus is snowballing as it grows exponentially.
At Monday’s Cabinet meeting, Sir Patrick reportedly called for tougher border controls with he and Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, hoping to avoid a delay to travel restrictions being imposed again.
At the start of the pandemic a failure to beef up checks saw the deadly virus enter the UK 1,300 times allowing it to run rampant.
Until now anyone with coronavirus symptoms had been told to self-isolate for seven days and get tested.
Britain’s deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van Tam will announce Britain’s three-day extension, The Telegraph reports.
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News – Coronavirus isolation for showing symptoms will be increased from seven to TEN days as PM battles to stop second wave