The COVID rules will be reviewed by health officials amid calls to reduce self-isolation from seven days to five days, the Education Secretary said today.
Nadhim Zahawi argues that reducing quarantine periods for those who test positive could help alleviate staffing shortages as experts acknowledge their harsh death predictions at first. about Omicron is wrong.
The former vaccines minister told The Sunday Times that cutting the quarantine period from seven to five days would be “more helpful” after a flurry of NHS funds declared a state of emergency due to staff shortages.
And speaking to Sky’s Trevor Phillips this morning, he said the UK Health and Security Service (UKHSA) was checking the length of the quarantine, saying: “We have to be careful to see if we move. or not because what you might end up with is really a misbehavior. Incentive when the spike is higher because people get out of it too soon.”
He added: “But they say they’ll look at it and if the evidence is there if you’re asymptomatic and you’re vaccinated and boosted and you have two days out of seven days of negative lateral flow testing. counted, they said they will keep that in the review process..
“It will certainly help alleviate some of the pressure on schools, on the critical workforce and others.
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“But I would absolutely be driven by advice from experts, scientists, on whether we should move to five days from seven.
“What you don’t want is to produce false results because of a higher level of infection.”
He added: “I hope we will be one of the first major economies to demonstrate to the world how you can go from pandemic to pandemic, and then deal with this even if it’s still a pandemic. stay with us for how long, whether it’s five, six, seven, 10 years.”
It comes after he said on Sunday UKHSA wanted to review the period of isolation.
He added: “If they look at it and say they’re going to reduce it to five days, which is even better for me, that’s even more helpful.”
Experts yesterday told The Sun Online that the UK is emerging as one of the most immune countries in the world with data showing 98% of Britons have some form of resistance against Omicron.
The official number of Covid deaths passed 150,000 in the UK yesterday since the pandemic began, however the number of cases continues to decline.
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But experts initially warned Britain needed to adopt harsh measures or face thousands of deaths because Omicron admitted they were wrong.
Modelers advising the Government admit that the number of winter deaths from the new strain will be “significantly” lower than they had predicted, mainly because the strain is less deadly than them. think Online email report.
Dr Nick Davies and his team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine built early models assuming Omicron was as deadly as the Delta strain.
He said: “Now we know that doesn’t seem to be the case in this case, as people end up being hospitalized with Omicron, but they don’t need serious care. [to the same extent as with Delta]”
“The death toll will be greatly reduced [compared with original estimates]. “
He added: “It is clear that our understanding of Omicron has changed dramatically over the past two weeks.”
That’s because a string of extremely aggressive studies show Omicron IS to be milder than other strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization compared to Delta.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
A senior doctor said around half a million vaccination appointments were being offered online in the UK to 12-15 year olds in January – with around 500 clinics and 300 centres.
And the Health Secretary criticized “anti-vaccination fanatics” after he revealed that nine out of ten Covid patients in the ICU had not had their booster shot.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Sajid Javid said that “the shocking 70% of Covid patients lying in bed in the intensive care unit are unvaccinated …” before causing “disappointment” that the star pants Djokovic’s racket is “promoting skepticism” about vaccines.
It comes as experts believe the coronavirus will as mild as a common cold in a few months and the world will be back to normal.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s Health Minister Humza Yousaf said Scotland was not considering further reducing the isolation period.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8177374/isolation-cut-education-secretary-experts-death-predictions-wrong/ Education Secretary says Covid isolation rules WILL be reviewed as experts admit Omicron’s gloomy predictions were wrong