Coronavirus: Double virus tests 'could cut quarantine time'

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Epidemiologist marking a covid-19 test

(Source: BBC News)

People entering the UK from at-risk countries who test negative for coronavirus twice within several days might be allowed to leave quarantine early. The UK government is close to giving its backing to a trial, according to travel industry sources.

Under current rules, those arriving in the UK from certain countries must self-isolate for 14 days. The Department for Transport (DfT) declined to comment.

Details of the new programme are said to be still being worked out, but one key area of debate is the number of days required between tests. The government has indicated that it is keeping all quarantine measures under review.

It is said to be considering an eight-day stretch between tests, whereas figures within the travel sector are keen for a five-day period.

The number of days required between each test is critical in reducing the possibility of "false negative" results.

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