Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2ndR) walks with corporal Lorna MacDonald during a visit to a vaccination centre in Northampton on January 6, 2022. (Photo by PETER CZIBORRA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Health minister Sajid Javid said people at risk of serious illness from Covid-19 would continue to get free tests if they developed symptoms, along with the NHS staff, those working in social care and those in other high-risk jobs.
Covid cases and hospitalisations have risen in recent weeks, but the government said more than 55 per cent who tested positive in hospital for the virus had been admitted for other ailments. Meanwhile, booster vaccine shots are being rolled out for older and immunosuppressed people.
Under the guidance from April 1, people who develop symptoms such as a high temperature or other respiratory infections will be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel better and no longer have a fever.
Those who test positive for Covid will be advised to stay at home for five days and avoid any contact with other people for five days.
“We have made enormous progress but will keep the ability to respond to future threats including potential variants,” Sajid Javid said.