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People with positive lateral flow test not to take confirmatory PCR test: UK

Most people with a positive lateral flow test do not need to take a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from January 11 onward to confirm Covid-19: UK government
Most people with a positive lateral flow test do not need to take a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from January 11 onward to confirm Covid-19, says UK government. Stock Photo: PublicDomainImages/Pixabay

London, Jan 12 (MNN) Most people with a positive lateral flow test do not need to take a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from January 11 onward to confirm Covid-19, the UK government said.

If one tests positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) test, he or she should self-isolate immediately and register the result on GOV.UK so that NHS Test and Trace can trace their contacts, UK Health Security Agency said on Tuesday.

The temporary measure was announced last week while coronavirus rates remain high across the UK. During periods of high prevalence, it is very likely that a positive LFD test means one has Covid-19.

Record numbers of free LFD tests have been distributed over recent weeks and capacity continues to increase.

Around 1.7 billion LFD tests have been distributed across the UK since the start of the pandemic, with maximum home delivery capacity now 7 million LFD tests every day, it said.

UK Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The change will help ensure those who need PCR tests can access them, and I encourage everyone to keep using our highly accurate lateral flow tests regularly and to get boosted now.”

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Chief Executive Dr Jenny Harries said: “This is a tried and tested approach. With COVID-19 cases high, we can confidently say lateral flow tests can be used to indicate Covid-19 without the need for PCR confirmation.

“If one tests positive on an LFD, he or she should self-isolate immediately and register results to allow contact tracing to take place. It also remains really important that anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms self-isolates and gets a PCR test via GOV.UK, or by phoning 119.”

There are some exceptions to this approach and certain groups will still require a confirmatory PCR following a positive LFD result:

* People who wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment, for which they must have tested positive for Covid-19 following a PCR test or an assisted LFD test.

*People who have received an email or letter from the NHS because of a health condition that means they may be suitable for new Covid-19 treatments. This applies when they develop any Covid-19 symptoms, and they should use the PCR test kit that was sent to them in the post for this purpose. If they have not received a PCR test kit they can arrange to have a PCR test.

* People who are taking LFD tests as part of research or surveillance programmes, and the programme asks them to take a follow-up PCR test.

* People who have a positive day 2 LFD test result after they arrive in England.

LFD tests are to be used by people without Covid-19 symptoms.

“Anyone who has one of the core symptoms of Covid-19 – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.”

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