Covid-infected people in England can stop self-isolating up to three days early if they test negative twice, it has been announced.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said it would minimise disruption caused by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
They will now be able to end quarantine after seven days instead of 10 by providing negative lateral flow results on day six and day seven.
Another 90,629 new Covid cases were reported across the UK on Tuesday – slightly down on the all-time highs announced last week. Meanwhile, a further 897,979 people received their booster jab or third dose.
Javid said the UKHSA was “very comfortable” that the protection provided by lateral flow tests was “very similar to 10 days of isolation without tests”.
“I think this is a very sensible, balanced and proportionate step to take,” he said.
“We want to reduce the disruption to people’s everyday lives caused by the pandemic.”