The self-isolation period for people who come into contact with someone infected with coronavirus will only have to be done for 10 days instead of a fortnight in the UK.
This change will apply in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland from 00.01 on Monday, December 14. It already applies in Wales.
The UK’s Chief Medical Officers released a joint statement: “Self-isolation is essential to reducing the spread of Covid as it breaks the chains of transmission.
“After reviewing the evidence, we are now confident that we can reduce the number of days that contacts self-isolate from 14 days to 10 days. People who return from countries which are not on the travel corridor list should also self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days.
“People who test positive should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or 10 days from point of taking a positive test if asymptomatic. We urge everyone to self-isolate when appropriate, it will save lives.”
The Northern Ireland Covid-19 Apps – StopCOVID NI app and COVIDCare NI – will be updated to reflect the changes from Monday.