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Changes to COVID Guidance:

(Published 11/01/2022)

From Tuesday 11 January, people without COVID-19 symptoms who get a positive result on a rapid response LFT will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

If you get a positive result on an LFT you should report your result on gov.uk. You will still need to self-isolate immediately. After reporting a positive LFT test result, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that your contacts can be traced and must continue to self-isolate.

This is a temporary measure. With high levels across the UK, the vast majority of people with positive LFT results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

The three main symptoms of COVID-19 are the recent start of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

If you have any of these symptoms you should isolate immediately and book a PCR test online or by calling 119 as soon as possible. This has not changed.

Important information:

If you think you will be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you will still need a confirmatory positive PCR result to access financial support. Please check your eligibility on this page on the Council’s website to make sure you don’t miss out.