Scotland scraps Covid self-isolation rules as cases plummet

The advice to self-isolate has been replaced with an encouragement to “stay at home” if ill.

It means that instead of self-isolating for 10 days from the date a person’s symptoms begin, people will be advised to remain at home while they are unwell or have a fever.

It comes as infection numbers plummeted for the fifth successive week across the UK.

However, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that the virus is “still with us” and urged people to keep wearing face masks in crowded places.

Speaking during a campaign visit to the Barrowfield Community Centre in Camlachie, Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon said: “It’s not the end of the pandemic. I think we’ve got to be clear that this virus is still with us.

“We see in other parts of the world it’s still causing a lot of problems and case levels here in Scotland remain high. The pressure on the National Health Service is still significant.”

She added: “I would ask people to still be sensible about this virus.

“If you’re in crowded places indoors, wear a mask to reduce the risk of transmission and if you become unwell, then stay at home for a few days. If we’re all sensible and, of course, if we avoid new variants, then there is every reason now to be a lot more optimistic about the period that lies ahead.”

In addition, mass testing in Scotland has now ended and test and trace is also finished.

Free lateral flow tests for the general public have also been axed.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said Scotland is now in a “different phase of the pandemic” and is “focused on reducing severe harm of the virus”.

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