NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Self-isolation period reduced to seven days AND police watchdog investigate the Met Police
SELF ISOLATION PERIOD: Now it's time for your national headlines.
People infected with coronavirus can now take two lateral flow tests to reduce the self-isolation period from 10 to seven days.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said those infected with the virus can take two lateral flow tests 24 hours apart on day six and seven of their isolation period, which if negative means they can stop quarantining.
The UKHSA said people who leave self-isolation on day seven are strongly advised to limit close contact with other people in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and to continue working from home.
This comes after analysis by the UKHSA suggested that a seven-day isolation period alongside two negative lateral flow test results had nearly the same protective effect as a 10-day isolation period without testing.
Studies have also demonstrated that lateral flow device (LFD) tests are just as sensitive at detecting the Omicron variant as they are for Delta.
UKHSA chief executive Dr Jenny Harries said anyone with coronavirus symptoms should still get a PCR test as soon as possible.
The police watchdog is expected to decide whether or not to investigate a complaint over the Metropolitan Police's handling of an alleged Downing Street party. Scotland Yard has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct after concerns were raised over its response to its lack of an investigation.
Drivers aren't dreaming of a white Christmas this year as bad weather tops their festive motoring concerns. A recent survey of drivers by the RAC found that fifty nine per cent of motorists fear bad driving conditions over Christmas, with the rising cost of filling up their petrol tanks coming in second place.
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