Changes to COVID Guidance:
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.
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.