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CBI call for changes to self isolation rules

The UK's largest employers' body has urged the government to bring forward changes to Covid self-isolation rules.
The CBI says it would help firms deal with staff shortages and help ensure the next phase of lockdown reopening is a "confident" not "anxious" process.
In a six-point plan published on Sunday, the CBI says clear guidance soon will help firms reopen.
It wants clarity over continued workplace testing and says funding by government is also needed.
Most Covid restrictions are due to end on 19 July. But planned changes to self-isolation rules are not expected until 16 August at the earliest.
Many companies, especially in the hospitality and leisure sectors, says their 19 July reopening plans are in disarray.
This is due to the number of staff having to isolate because they have been "pinged" by the NHS app or have come into close contact with someone with Covid.
The trade association UK Hospitality has said self-isolation rules are already causing "carnage" to firms.
On Sunday the CBI, which represents 190,000 businesses, called on the government to boost confidence in the isolation system by giving firms "all available tools" to increase their "agility and responsiveness".
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