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From today (August 16), people in England and Northern Ireland who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18, will no longer be required to isolate if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Rather than isolating for 10 days, they are now advised to take a PCR test, but this is not mandatory.

It is also advised that they wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and limit their contact with others, especially the clinically vulnerable.

It is hoped that this will bring an end to the “ping-demic” that as caused numerous staff shortages and has affected the delivery of stock.

The government has advised that those who are fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 should take a PCR test on day two and day eight of, what would have been, the ten day isolation period.

This rule also applies to children under the age of 18.

Those who have not had both doses and are over the age of 18, will still need to self-isolate for ten days after being in close contact with someone has tested positive for Covid-19.

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