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Starmer demands government follow Wales’ lead to allow those fully vaccinated to avoid isolation

Wales’ First Minister confirmed August 7 as the day when double-jabbed adults won’t have to quarantine if a close-contact tests positive

LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer challenged Tory ministers today to match Wales by bringing forward the date when fully Covid-vaccinated people in England can avoid isolation.

Earlier this week, Wales’s Labour First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed August 7 as the day when double-jabbed adults won’t have to quarantine if a close contact tests positive. 

Scotland is also expected to follow suit two days later, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists England is “nailed on” to make the same move only from August 16.

Sir Keir said the delay adds yet more confusion to the “summer of chaos,” with hundreds of thousands being forced to stay home after being “pinged” by the NHS Covid-19 app. 

“The government’s slapdash approach is crippling our economy and creating real problems for businesses and families alike,” the Holborn and St. Pancras MP stressed.

He said: “Welsh Labour has shown what can be done and it’s time for the Tories to do the same.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has defended the later date by insisting it allows time for more people to be fully vaccinated.

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