PCR test no longer needed after asymptomatic positive lateral flow result

People with no symptoms who test positive for Covid-19 on a lateral flow test will no longer need to take a PCR test to confirm their result.

However, they will still need to self-isolate immediately.

Anyone who has symptoms and has tested positive on a lateral flow test should get a PCR test as soon as possible.

The rules come into force today (11 January) after being announced by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) last week.

The same rules also apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A further 142,224 daily cases were confirmed in the UK yesterday (10 January).

The change in rules are hoping to help free up testing capacity for those who have COVID-19 symptoms.

Select groups of people who are asymptomatic will still have to take a PCR test. These include:

  • People who have a positive day two test result after they arrive back in England from abroad

  • Those claiming the Test and Trace Support Payment

  • Anyone taking lateral flow tests as part of research

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