People who test positive for COVID-19 via a lateral flow test, but have no symptoms, will no longer need to take a confirmatory PCR test from today.
The move was announced last week by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and has been introduced to free up capacity in labs for PCR tests for those who have coronavirus symptoms.
People who test positive after taking an at-home lateral flow test will be required to self-isolate immediately.
The UKHSA said this is a temporary measure while COVID-19 cases remain high across the UK.
The agencies chief executive Dr Jenny Harries said: “This is a tried and tested approach. With COVID cases high, we can confidently say lateral flow tests can be used to indicate COVID-19 without the need for PCR confirmation.
“It also remains really important that anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms self-isolates and takes a PCR test.”
People who want to claim the Test and Trace Support payment, those who take lateral flow tests as part of research and those who have a day two positive test result after they arrive will still be required to take PCR tests.