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UK seeks to reduce COVID-19 self-isolation time – health minister

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock attends a media briefing on COVID-19 at 10 Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government is looking at reducing the time people have to self-isolate if they come into contact with someone with COVID-19 from the current 14 days through the use of a new testing regime, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday.

“We’re piloting a process, using these new tests that we have, to allow people to take a test every single day instead of having to isolate for that period so that it picks-up if you’re positive even before you have symptoms,” he told Sky News.

He said the scheme was being piloted this week and if successful, would be rolled out amongst health and social care staff and then in the new year more broadly.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by James Davey; editing by Michael Holden)

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