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Those who test positive for lateral flow tests will no longer need a PCR test which will help cut isolation periods

by LLB staff reporter
5th Jan 22 2:12 pm

The rules on Covid testing is set to change from 11 January as people who test positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) will no longer be required to do a follow up PCR test.

The move will help prevent staff shortages, reduce pressure on PCR labs and will also help to cut isolation periods.

From 11 January those who test positve using a LFD will only have to isolate for a week from the day of the positive test under the condition that on day’s six and seven they test negative.

This temporary move will allow People who are asymptomatic will be able to go back to work faster.

The “vast majority” of those who have a positive LFD can be confident that they do have Covid and those who have symptoms must still get a PCR test the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

UKHSA chief executive Dr Jenny Harries said, “While cases of Covid continue to rise, this tried and tested approach means that LFDs can be used confidently to indicate Covid-19 infection without the need for PCR confirmation.

“It remains really important that anyone who experiences Covid-19 symptoms self-isolates immediately.

“They should also order a PCR test on gov.uk, or by phoning 119.

“I’m really grateful to the public and all of our critical workers who continue to test regularly and self-isolate when necessary, along with other practical and important public health behaviours, as this is the most effective way of stopping the spread of the virus and keeping our friends, families and communities safe.”

Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Government’s Sage scientific advisory panel, said, “This change makes a lot of sense.

“When the prevalence is high – and it is incredibly high at the moment – almost everyone who tests positive with a lateral flow test will be a true positive.

“There is really no need to confirm this with a PCR, a step that not only wastes time but costs a lot of money and uses up laboratory resources that could be better used elsewhere.”

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