West Yorkshire Mayor urges caution after Boris Johnson announces end of COVID self-isolation

By Amelia Riley

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, warns that caution must be taken after Boris Johnson’s announcements of an official end to COVID self-isolation.

As part of the Prime Minister’s ‘living with COVID’ plans, free universal testing will end in April and people who test positive for COVID will no longer have to legally isolate.

Tracy Brabin said: “With the possibility of new, infectious variants appearing, many vulnerable people in our communities and the risks of long-Covid, now is not the right time to scrap free testing and self-isolation – and the £500 payment to support this.

“The health leaders in our region are also telling us they don’t believe it’s the right time to do this. And much of the public agree. A recent YouGov poll highlighted only 1-5 people support the scrapping of self-isolation.

“People in West Yorkshire have suffered more than most during this pandemic, so it’s absolutely vital we make the right decision. So many people have made so many sacrifices and missed out on being with their loved ones at the end of their lives and for important moments.

“Also, scrapping self-isolation could force people into making a choice between going into work with Covid or risking losing income by staying at home. This is not the way forward.

“We should also recognise that the NHS has done a fantastic job in terms of getting people vaccinated and boosted and I would urge anyone who has not yet had a jab to please do so. It could save your life.”

Whilst self-isolation is no longer a legal requirement, those who test positive will still be advised to stay at home for at least five days, but no longer be obligated by law.

People aged 75 and over, those living in care homes, and the immunosuppressed will be offered a second COVID booster in Spring.

These new rules allow the public more freedom to make the best decision for them.

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