Changes to rules on PCR tests
In England, people without symptoms and receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. People with symptoms should book a PCR test.
As now, people self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period if they test negative on both day five and six and do not have a temperature.
This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19. Read more details on the government website.
Some people will still be advised to get a confirmatory PCR:
- People who want to apply for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment (TTSP)
- People participating in some research or surveillance programmes
- People who have received a positive Day 2 LFD after arriving into the UK (to help us understand if and where potentially dangerous variants are emerging around the world).