UK Covid: Johnson says government considering case for cutting isolation period from seven days to five – live

Latest updates: prime minister says there is an ‘argument to be had’ about issue of isolation length following a positive test

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In his pooled interview Boris Johnson was also asked about the cost of living crisis. He made three general points.

We’ve got to help people, particularly people on low income. We’ve got to help people with the cost of their fuel. And that’s what we’re doing.

This is the result of global price spikes as a result of the economy coming back from Covid …

There’s a general inflationary pressure caused by the world economy coming back from Covid. In the US, I think, inflation is likely to be the highest it’s been since the early 80s. The eurozone is experiencing exactly the same thing. Here in the UK we’re seeing the same problem.

Rishi Sunak and ministers from the main economic ministries believe cutting isolation from seven days could help reduce staffing shortages caused by the omicron variant, the Telegraph understands.

One government source suggested 60 per cent of the Cabinet were in favour of the move, although they stressed that such a move would have to be sanctioned as safe by scientists.

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