The Prime Minister yesterday outlined a ‘big, big push’ on adherence to quarantine rules during the lockdown amid fears that people are not completing the full 14-day period.
He spelled out his fears that the number of people complying with the rules is ‘not yet high enough’ as he faced MPs in the Commons.
Ministers will reduce the period to between 10 and seven days, with seven days being the most probable number, it is understood.
It has been reported that the Government’s private polling suggested that people will do as they are told if the period is seven days.
The Prime Minister (pictured today) outlined a ‘big, big push’ on adherence to quarantine rules during the lockdown amid fears that people are not completing the full 14-day period.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Mr Johnson said: ‘Those who have been contacted need to self-isolate.
‘At the moment the proportion of people who are self-isolating in response to test and trace is not yet high enough.’ His demand comes after MPs lined up to criticise the failing service and its embattled head, Dido Harding.
This week, ministers are expected to announce that quarantine periods will be cut to seven days to boost compliance.
It comes amid fears of widespread flouting of the rules, and a failure of the service to reach more than two thirds of contacts of those who have been infected.
Mr Johnson is said to be very concerned by low levels of compliance and believes reducing the time limit will make it easier for people.
Current rules require those who come into contact with people diagnosed with the virus to isolate for 14 days.
They were was adopted after the World Health Organisation said that 99 per cent of those who had been infected would develop symptoms in that time.
However, according to Public Health England, testing people after seven days would identify 85 per cent of those infected.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found that a seven day quarantine with a test could pick up 94 per cent of those who have been infected.
Last week Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said that ministers were exploring the possibility but said no decisions had yet been made.