Coronavirus: 208 more cases as self-isolation for people with Covid-19 cut to 10 days

The period for which people with Covid-19 are required to isolate is being cut from 14 days to 10.

Under new guidelines, patients who test positive for the virus are being advised to self-isolate for “a minimum of 10 days” from the onset of symptoms, or 10 days from the date of the test if asymptomatic. They must also go five days without fever.

Where a person with Covid-19 symptoms tests negative, they are advised to self-isolate until 48 hours after resolution of their symptoms.

New guidelines for children aged under 13 years provide for testing based on nasal swabs, rather than the current nasal/throat swabbing currently in place.

The new advice is contained in revised guidelines for GPs from the HSE and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

The change from 14 days to 10 does not apply to contacts of confirmed cases who have been tested, or to people arriving from countries other than those on the Government’s green list. These groups are still required to restrict their movements for 14 days.