The self-isolation period for people who test positive for covid has been cut to five full days.

The new rule means people who test negative on a lateral flow test on days five and six can end their isolation early.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the change is to “restore freedoms” and ease staffing pressures across England.

The rules will come into place from Monday (17th January).

The self-isolation period was cut from 10 to seven days in December, with negative tests required on days six and seven.

Sajid Javid said that England is the “freest country in Europe” and “leading the world” in how to live with covid.

Harrogate covid rate continues to decrease

Meanwhile, the covid rate of infection in the Harrogate district has continued to decrease.

The district’s seven day average is now at 1,486 cases per 100,000 people, a figure that has continued to decline since peaking on 4th January.

Harrogate has recorded 326 daily cases, taking the area’s total number of infections throughout the pandemic to 34,134.

Harrogate District Hospital recorded another covid-related death on Tuesday however, taking the total number for the district to 205.

27 people are currently being treated at the hospital due to covid.

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