One in seven could still be infectious after five-day Covid isolation

Data casts doubt on case for allowing release from isolation after five days with negative lateral flow test

One in seven people who have tested positive for Covid could still be infectious if released from isolation upon receiving a negative lateral flow result after five days, new data suggests.

Across the UK people are now allowed to leave self-isolation on day seven, provided they have had two negative lateral flow tests in the past 24 hours and do not have a fever.

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