Boris Johnson has just announced that he will end self-isolation for people infected with Covid-19.
Now is not the time to allow greater freedom for the virus. New cases and deaths remain at disturbingly dangerous levels. The Health Secretary already told us that the pressures on the NHS will get worse for years.
Ending the requirement for self-isolation will make the situation worse. It removes one of the last remaining safeguards we have.
In a snap poll for YouGov, 75% of the population disagree with this decision and only 17% support it.
This decision will force a huge number of people, especially the vulnerable or immuno-suppressed into isolation as a result.
There is no indication that this measure is based on scientific advice, and we call on the government to re-think this reckless decision and reverse course.