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Covid-19 updated guidance

The self-isolation period for people with Covid has been cut to seven days as cases of the Omicron variant continue to surge. The change, which only applies to people who have no fever and record two negative lateral flow tests, comes into force from 6 January.

Also, people who do not have Covid symptoms but get a positive result using a lateral flow test no longer have to book a PCR test.

As per new Scottish Government Guidelines, the self-isolation period for people with Covid-19 has been reduced to seven days as cases of the Omicron variant continue to surge, with an estimated one in 20 people in Scotland now infected with the virus.

People who test positive for Covid in Scotland will be allowed to exit self-isolation after seven days if they have no fever and record two negative lateral flow tests. The first of these tests must be taken on the sixth day after testing positive and then at least 24 hours later.

In addition, household contacts of people with the virus will now be allowed to take a lateral flow test every day for seven days rather than going into self-isolation. This applies to everyone in the household under the age of 18 or anyone over that age who has had the first, second and booster Covid jabs. If one of these tests is positive, self-isolation will then be required for that person.

Anyone identified as a close contact who is over 18 and not fully vaccinated will still be asked to self-isolate for 10 days and take a PCR test.

You can check out our latest guidance on Covid-19 here, please also continue to follow the Scottish Government’s current Coronavirus Guidance here.

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