Greater Manchester will be one of nine areas in the country that are testing a program to better support people who self-isolate from Covid.

A total of £ 12 million is being allocated by the government to include accommodation for people in overcrowded households, social welfare assistance and communication assistance for those who are not native speakers of English.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “We know how difficult self-isolation is for many people and these pilots will help us find the best ways to support people and make it easier for everyone to do their part.”

These pilots are designed to encourage people most at risk of catching and transmitting COVID-19 to report for testing and successfully isolate if they test positive.

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

Tackling local outbreaks swiftly and helping people self-isolate if necessary is critical to our continued fight against the coronavirus.

These pilots provide further insight into what best helps those who test positive and their contacts do what is right to protect themselves, their families, and their larger communities.

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