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How long do you have to self isolate if you have been in contact with someone with COVID?

Thousands of new cases are being reported daily throughout the UK, with the death toll now beginning to creep up after a summer of relative respite. All four nations of the UK have now taking precaution with added measures on everyday freedoms following a huge surge in cases.

England in particular is suffering from a large increase in cases, with a new tiered system in place to rank the severity of cases.

Wales has now introduced a fire-break lockdown for two weeks in an effort to stymie cases.

Northern Ireland has also implemented a quasi-lockdown, with schools closed and pubs forced to close.

Scotland also has harsh measures in place in areas like Glasgow and Edinburgh which are currently recording the highest number of cases across the border.

The NHS website says you must self isolate immediately if:

• you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)

• you’ve tested positive for coronavirus

• you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive

• someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive

• you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app

• you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk

Police now have access to those who have been told to self isolate.

Police forces will be able to access information about people “on a case-by-case” basis, so they can learn whether an individual has been told to self-isolate, the Department of Health and Social Care has said.

People who fail to self-isolate “without reasonable justification” could have their name, address and contact details passed to their local authority and then to the police.

Those who fail to do so face fines starting at £1,000, while repeat offenders or those committing serious breaches could receive fines of up to £10,000.


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