Confirmatory PCR tests to be temporarily suspended for positive lateral flow test results

Published on January 5, 2022 at 1:55 pm

issued 5.1.22

  • 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.

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