Changes to self-isolation rules for double-jabbed Brits to be unveiled

6 July 2021, 09:11 | Updated: 6 July 2021, 10:33

Changes to self-isolation are due to be announced later
Changes to self-isolation are due to be announced later. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

Changes to self-isolation rules for double-vaccinated Brits will be announced today in the House of Commons.

The Health Secretary is due to make a statement to Parliament at around lunchtime on how self-isolation will change for those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The update in the commons is due at 1230pm today.

The Government wants to bring in a "more proportionate system."

At present people are receiving alerts from an app or contact tracers and being told to self-isolate for 10 days if they have come into contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19.

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The government hopes to bring an end to the disruption of being made to self-isolate for such a long period of time. Those who are fully vaccinated could be made to undergo daily tests instead of self-isolating. Mr Javid will set out the details later.

Boris Johnson did not include any changes to self-isolation in his update to the nation last night where he axed almost all Covid rules from July 19.

Mr Javid has confirmed there will be a difference in rules between vaccinated and unvaccinated Brits, and that there will be an update later on.

Chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee Jeremy Hunt has said he is "not opposed" to coronavirus restrictions being lifted.

The former health secretary told LBC: "I have been on the cautious side of this debate for the whole of the last year but I'm actually not opposed to what the Prime Minister is doing.

"The reason is because if you look at the data at the moment, the projected number of deaths from Covid going forward is less than a bad flu year.

"That's not what's happened up to now but I'm talking about going forward from now.

"If you've got the context where the death rate is lower than some diseases that we normally cope with, then I think it's alright to change the social contract from compulsion to co-operation because we have to find a way of living with this virus."