It is estimated that the period during which people will have symptoms of coronavirus will have to isolate themselves will increase to 10 days in England.
At this point, those who have a new persistent cough, high temperature, or lose flavor or smell have seven days to unfold.
But health secretary Matt Hancock is expected to announce an extension on Thursday.
This will happen after the Prime Minister warned of a second wave of infection.
It is unclear whether the transferred nations will follow the example of the UK government, but the current guidelines have been adopted across the UK.
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There have been concerns about several local outbreaks across the UK, including Oldham, Wrexham and Staffordshire.
The UK requirement for people who tested positive for seven days of isolation has always been low – many other countries require 10 days or even longer.
Because coronavirus is new, there is a lack of clarity about how long someone will remain contagious.
Studies show that a person can become infected two days before the onset of symptoms and become contagious during the period when they have symptoms. For many, it takes no more than seven days.
For those with longer symptoms, it is already advisable to continue isolation.
However, the decision to require all isolated persons for 10 days was probably made for a number of reasons.
There is ample evidence that people continue to spread the virus after the symptoms have ended, although it is not known to what extent this carries the risk of passing the infection on to another person.
Another factor that may have influenced the decision is that widespread testing is beginning to select people in the asymptomatic stage.
And finally, it sends an important signal. By extending the duration of the isolation, it warns of reassurance.
Under current rules, those who have a household with someone who has experienced symptoms of Covid-19 should isolate themselves for 14 days.
Returners to the UK from certain countries are also being asked for 14 days quarantine, which has led to complaints from travel companies.
According to the Daily Telegraph, ministers are also looking at ways to shorten the current 14-day quarantine period for those coming to the UK, which means that quarantine and self-isolation periods could be standardized.
Luxembourg on the list
The government held a meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss which other countries would be included in the list of those not subject to quarantine rules after the spike when Spain was added over the weekend.
A senior government source told the BBC that Luxembourg is likely to be included this week, but so far the number in Belgium will be monitored.
In the past, key players in the travel and airline industry have called for coronavirus research at UK airports, but the source said that “any new system should have worked and does not currently exist”.
The Department of Health reported a further 83 deaths from coronavirus in the UK, for a total of 45,961 deaths.
It also reported a further 763 confirmed cases, for a total of 301,455.
What are the current self-regulatory rules?
Self-isolation means staying at home and not leaving it.
People with coronavirus symptoms should isolate themselves for seven days and have them examined. Symptoms include:
- lose or change your normal sense of taste or smell
Other members of their home should be isolated for 14 days and not leave home.
If your test is positive, you will be contacted by contact tracers to determine to whom you may have passed the infection.
Everyone they think is risky will have 14 days to isolate themselves from the point of contact.
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