THE time people have to self-isolate for coronavirus will be reduced from 14 days to 10.
Welsh Government have reduced the isolation period to 10 days from Thursday, 10 December. The decision is endorsed by The Chief Medical Officer for Wales Officer, Dr Frank Atherton and is based on the current available evidence around likelihood of being infectious as a contact after 10 days.
The new self-isolation and quarantine rules 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 non-exempt country
Following this advice the Minister for Health and Social Services has approved the amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
An updated list of exempt countries and territories can be seen on the Welsh Government website: https://gov.wales/exemptions-self-isolation-coronavirus-covid-19-html#section-48360
Self-isolation and quarantine play a key role in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Remember, self-isolate as soon as you have any symptoms. Symptoms of coronavirus include a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. But be aware of other symptoms early on, such as headaches, tiredness and general aches and pains usually associated with flu. We are urging people who feel unwell to be extra cautious, especially to practice hand hygiene and distancing, and if in doubt, book a test.
You can apply for a test online https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or by phoning 119.