Coronavirus isolation in Scotland will be cut from 10 to seven days from midnight

Those self isolating will be asked to take a lateral flow test no earlier than day six of isolation and a second at least 24 hours later.

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Coronavirus isolation in Scotland will be cut from 10 to seven days from midnight, if people are negative on lateral flow tests for the last two days and have no fever, Nicola Sturgeon has announced at the Scottish Parliament.

Scots who test positive for Covid-19 will be able to leave self isolation on day seven if they return two negative lateral flow tests and do not have a fever, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Those self isolating will be asked to take a lateral flow test no earlier than day six of isolation and a second at least 24 hours later.

The change will come into effect from midnight on Wednesday.

Changes were also made to the isolation protocol for household contacts, who are under 18 years and four months old or who are fully vaccinated with three doses.

For this group, contacts will be asked to take a lateral flow test each day for seven days and self isolate if one of the tests is positive.

A new road map for dealing with Covid-19 will be published by the Scottish Government in the next few weeks, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister said the country will have to “adapt our thinking about how to manage the virus and become more resilient to it in future”.

She added: “There are no easy answers here, but adapting to the ongoing challenge of Covid is inescapable.

“The Scottish Government is currently working on and will publish within the next few weeks a revised strategic framework, which will set out more fully how that process of adaptation can be managed.

“We will seek views from across Parliament as we develop this new framework in more detail.

“However, the changes I am about to confirm to the requirements on self isolation and testing are an early indication of an already adapting response.”