Coronavirus / Self-isolation period reduces to 10 days

THE LENGTH of time someone has to self-isolate for if they are a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 has reduced from 14 to 10 days.

This also applies to people needing to quarantine after returning to the UK from overseas.

The change will come into effect from Monday (14 December).


Currently the self-isolation period for international travellers and contacts of positive cases in Scotland is two weeks.

But following a review of the latest evidence and discussions between the four UK chief medical officers, there is confidence that the self-isolation period can be reduced to 10 days.

Scottish health secretary Jeane Freeman said: “Self-isolation, both for contacts identified by Test and Protect and through the foreign travel quarantine requirements, is critical to protecting people and reducing the spread of Covid-19.

“While self-isolation may be for a shorter period, it remains vital that everyone who is required to do so remains at their home or other named address for this time. Only by doing this can we break the chain of transmission of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.”

An NHS Shetland nurse, meanwhile, has become the first person in Shetland to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.