People who have had two Covid-19 jabs and come into contact with someone infected with the virus may soon be spared 10 days of self-isolating.

Officials are reportedly considering scrapping the 10-day quarantine period under plans to use daily tests instead.

The Times reported that Health Secretary Matt Hancock is said to be keen to replace quarantine with daily testing, but that the policy will only be approved after Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, is satisfied with the results of a study involving 40,000 people.

Linda Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, told Times Radio it is already happening in the US, saying: “The Centre for Disease Control changed their guidance a while ago to say that people who had had both doses of the vaccine and about 10-14 days after the second dose didn’t have to self-isolate, so I think we are moving in that direction.

“As we’ve heard repeatedly from Chris Whitty and others, this virus isn’t going to disappear.”

“We’re going to have to live alongside it, means we are going to have infections in future, so being a contact of someone infected will always be a possibility,” Prof Bauld added.

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