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UK extends coronavirus self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days

LONDON: Britain on Thursday extended the period of coronavirus self-isolation from seven to 10 days, as fears grew over a surge in cases.
The UK’s chief medical officers said scientific evidence now showed that people with the virus have a “real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days”.
“It is now the correct balance of risk to extend the self-isolation period from seven to 10 days,” they said, as ministers hinted they would take new precautions to try and contain the pandemic.
At the weekend, Britain introduced a 14-day quarantine period for anyone returning from Spain, the UK’s most popular tourist destination. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of a “second wave” of cases in Europe and health secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday the government would announce similar measures to those imposed on Spain elsewhere, if necessary. (AFP)