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Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton
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The Department of Health has announced that people unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus can obtain an isolation note through a new online service. Isolation notes will provide employees with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms, and so cannot work. The notes can be accessed through the NHS website and NHS 111 online. After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the user. If they don’t have an email address, they can have the note sent to a family member or friend, or directly to their employer. As isolation notes can be obtained without contacting a doctor, this will reduce the pressure on GP surgeries and prevent people needing to leave their homes.

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