Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has challenged Boris Johnson to match Wales by bringing forward the date on which fully vaccinated people in England can avoid isolation.

First minister Mark Drakeford last night confirmed August 7 as the day when double-jabbed adults can escape isolation if they come into contact with a positive coronavirus case.

Scotland is also expected to remove the need for fully vaccinated people to isolate on August 9, but Johnson has insisted England is “nailed on” to make the same move from August 16.

Starmer, however, has questioned why England should have a later timeline, saying this risks creating more pain for families and businesses. He was full of praise for Drakeford's handling of the pandemic and now urged the PM to provide similar reassurances to the fully-jabbed over the border.

“This has been a summer of chaos for British businesses and British families,” Sir Keir said in a statement.

“The Tory government has never been able to explain the logic of their self-isolation rules and has just repeated the same mistakes over and over again.

“While the British public have been trying to do the right thing, we saw this government’s instincts when Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak tried to avoid the isolation millions have had to endure.

“The government’s slapdash approach to this global pandemic is crippling our economy and creating real problems for businesses and families alike. Welsh Labour has shown what can be done and it’s time for the Tories to do the same.”

Wales’s change will come into effect on the same day the country is expected to move to alert level zero – when most coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 or has symptoms must continue to isolate for 10 days regardless of their vaccination status, the Welsh Government has said.

It will also advise those identified as a contact of a positive case to have a PCR test on day two and day eight, whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

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