London Covid: PCR test ‘no longer needed’ after positive lateral flow result

London Covid: PCR test ‘no longer needed’ after positive lateral flow result

People who test positive for Covid with a home lateral flow test (LFT) will no longer need to take a PCR follow-up test to confirm they have Covid, it has been reported.

Currently, most people who have tested positive for Covid on an LFT will then order a PCR test which is more accurate to ensure the initial home test was correct.

According to The Sun, people will instead be advised to self-isolate for only a week purely based on the LFT and allowed to leave home if they are negative on day six and seven.

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Lateral Flow Covid antigen self-rest kits which are currently in demand across the UK

The Government hopes that the move will free up testing capacity and mean that people stay at home rather than go to a walk-in or drive-in test centre which potentially risks infecting others.

A health source told The Sun: “The overwhelming likelihood is that if you have a positive lateral flow, then you are infectious.

“So there is no need for an extra PCR check when testing is already under huge strain.”

On Tuesday (January 5) the Government confirmed a further 218,724 lab-confirmed Covid cases have been recorded in England and Scotland as of today, the first time the figure has been over 200,000.

The Government also said a further 48 people had died in England within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, 10 of which are in London.

Tuesday’s figures will have some inflated numbers due to delayed reporting of cases because of the holiday period.

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Hospital admissions have been falling in London, with 347 admissions reported on January 2, down 7per cent week on week.

However, experts are unsure if it is permanent because while cases in under 50s have been falling, they are still rising fast in over 50s.

The data also may be yet to show the result for Christmas and New Year household mixing.

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