JUST two per cent more people would be infectious if Covid isolation ended on day five, analysis shows.
Eight per cent of infected people would be able to spread the disease on the fifth day after two negative lateral flow tests.
It compares with 6.2 per cent on the seventh, the UK Health Security Agency found.
Separate data showed 31.4 per cent of people were still infectious after five days.
But two negative tests more than halved the risk of being released while infectious.
Ministers are under pressure to reduce the self-isolation period.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “If it is possible to go further then we will do so.”