The government is considering reducing the coronavirus self-isolation period for certain circumstances, it has been confirmed.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed the review on Sunday, but no changes have yet been made.

Contacts of infected people traced by the NHS are currently ordered to isolate for a fortnight to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

The same applies to UK arrivals if they have travelled from a country not on the Travel Corridor list.

While those who have tested positive must isolate for 10 days.

It became a legal duty last month, with fines introduced of up to £10,000 for those who flout the rules.

Reports over the weekend suggested that reducing the length was due to non-compliance, however Health Secretary Matt Hancock has on Monday denied these claims.

It comes as the Test and Trace system last week hit a record low with just 59.6 per cent of the contacts of people who tested positive for the disease being successfully contacted and told to self-isolate.

Ministers have also defended NHS Test and Trace boss, Dido Harding, after calls were made for the director to be dismissed.

Why could the period be reduced?

Mr Lewis told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: “Teams are looking at what we can do around those isolation periods. This will be scientifically-led.

“We are learning more about the virus every single day. As we learn and the scientists are able to gauge, we can look at whether we can reassess that.

“We are not ready to make a final decision or announcement on that yet but we want to make sure we are moving with science and allow people to live and work within this virus as best as we can while always making sure we protect people’s health and the NHS.”

On Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News that "it isn't about compliance" and the self-isolation period is "always under review".

Mr Hancock said: "You might remember that a couple of months ago we increased the amount of time that people who have a positive test have to isolate from seven days to 10 days.

“That’s a clinical decision.”

Mr Hancock said France has reduced the amount of time people have to isolate based on clinical advice, adding: “So it isn’t about the compliance issue. It’s about the overall clinical judgement of what time is required for isolation.

“Obviously I’d rather have isolation as short as is reasonably possible because of the impact it has on people’s lives, but it must be safe.”

He said the government will be “guided by the science as we have been in all decisions in this pandemic”.

But they reminded people that the current guidance still stands.

Last month, the government announced a £500 support payment to help those on low incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result.