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PM orders officials to look at cutting Covid isolation period to five days

Scientists urge caution as Boris Johnson launches review led by Cabinet Office

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Boris Johnson has ordered officials to examine plans to cut Covid isolation to five days in England as scientists urged caution over the lack of evidence to support a change.

The prime minister came out on Monday in favour of easing quarantine rules if backed by scientific advice. It is understood that the health secretary, Sajid Javid, is also open to the move if clinicians recommend it.

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