Published on January 5, 2022 at 1:55 pm
- Confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow test result to be temporarily suspended
- COVID-19 prevalence is high which means the chances of a false positive from a positive LFD result are very low
- This approach reflects evidence on the very high accuracy of LFD testing
- Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should continue to take a PCR test
From 11th January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow results for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.