Confirmatory PCR tests to be temporarily suspended for positive LFT results

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has announced temporary changes to confirmatory PCR tests, to come into effect on 11th January 2022.
Covid Lateral Flow Tests, showing negative and positive results

From 11 January in England, people who test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) on a lateral flow test (LFT) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t have to book a PCR test to confirm the result.

This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK.

If you test positive on an LFT strip, you can be confident that you have COVID-19. Once you have reported your positive LFT result you will be contacted by Test and Trace, and will have to self-isolate for 10 days (unless your LFT result is negative on days 6 and 7 after the date of your first test, or the day when your symptoms started - see grey box below). 

To find out more about this (including where there are exceptions to the new approach), click on the pink button. 

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Reduced self-isolation

A reduced self-isolation approach was announced on 22 December 2021. Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will now be able to leave self-isolation 7 days after the date of their initial positive test if they receive 2 negative LFT results, 24 hours apart, on days 6 and 7.

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