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COVID-19: Pilot projects in England to help people self-isolate to stop the spread of the coronavirus | UK News

People living in overcrowded homes who need to self-isolate will be offered alternative housing under a new program.

The goal is to help people follow the rules, which require a period of self-isolation for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those who have been in close contact with them.

Some £ 11.9million will be distributed among local authorities in nine parts of England to encourage people to get tested and self-isolate if necessary.

The plan includes social care, translation services for non-English speakers, and “buddy” services for those in need of mental health support.

The areas chosen are those with some of the highest COVID-19 rates, including Newham and Hackney in London, Yorkshire and Humber, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside, Peterborough and Somerset.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Variants have the potential to be a Trojan horse for our hard-earned progress and it is more vital than ever that we do what we can to show them the door to out, following the rules and isolating ourselves when asked.

“We recognize how challenging self-isolation is for many people and these pilot projects will help us find the best ways to support people and allow everyone to continue to do their part.”

In April, a report from Public Health England and King’s College London said 18% of people in the UK are tested if they show symptoms of COVID-19, and only 43% stick to self-isolation rules.

The most common excuses for breaking strict isolation guidelines were going to stores or work, a medical need other than COVID-19, and caring for a vulnerable person.

James Jamieson, President of the Association of Local Governments, said: “Rapidly targeting local outbreaks and helping people self-isolate when needed is absolutely crucial to our continued fight against the coronavirus.

“These pilot projects will provide a better understanding of what works best to support …

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