Coronavirus: at least three-quarters of people in UK fail to self-isolate

People still going out even though they risk infecting others, advisers tell ministers

Most people in the UK who have Covid-19 or are a contact of somebody who has tested positive fail to fully self-isolate, despite the necessity of doing so to prevent a resurgence of the pandemic, advisers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) told ministers last month.

Newly released papers reveal that behavioural science experts warned that only 18%-25% of people who needed to were self-isolating. Others were still going out to work or to shop, even though they risked infecting others.

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