The British Ministry of Health reported that 106 thousand 112 incidents were detected in the country in the last 24 hours, and the total number of incidents increased to 11 million 647 thousand 473. The number of daily events exceeded 100 thousand for the first time, breaking the record. In the country, 140 people died due to COVID-19, while the total loss of life reached 147 thousand 573.
Previously, the highest number of daily events was recorded on December 17 with 93 thousand 45. The number of incidents, which has increased since December, exceeded the record in January with the detection of 78 thousand 610 incidents on December 15 for the first time. On 8 January, 68 thousand 53 incidents were detected in England.
Quarantine period is reduced to 7 days
Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the UK, the government has announced that the quarantine period of individuals who are positive for COVID-19 will be reduced from 10 days to 7 days. According to the new decision, individuals catching COVID-19 will be able to end the quarantine they apply early if their COVID-19 tests are negative. For this, individuals will be able to get out of quarantine on the 7th day by having 2 rapid-result lateral flow COVID-19 tests on the 6th day of the quarantine phase and getting a negative result from these tests.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said the change was based on the opinions of health experts. Javid stated that those coming out of quarantine from day 7 should “remain cautious”. Javid said: “This decision was taken with the advice of experts at the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) who have looked into this very carefully. Of course, anyone leaving quarantine after day 7 under this new procedure should remain cautious. We protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. “We are very clear that the best way to defend yourself is to get your booster vaccines,” he said.