What are the rules if I get a positive LFD test result without symptoms?

  • From 11 January, people without symptoms with a positive LFT result will no longer have to take a PCR test to confirm their status.
  • Instead, anyone who has a positive LFT test result must report their result online or by calling 119, and self-isolate. They will be contacted by Test and Trace in England, so their contacts can be notified, as happens now after a positive PCR.
  • People will be able to leave self-isolation seven days after the date of their initial positive test providing they receive two negative LFT results, 24 hours apart, on days six and seven.
  • The new testing guidance will remain in place while Covid case levels remain high, because the vast majority of people with positive LFT results at the moment are extremely likely to have coronavirus.

 What are the rules if I develop symptoms?

  • Anyone with Covid symptoms – a cough, a fever or a loss of taste or smell – must still take a PCR test as soon as possible, and should stay at home and self-isolate while they wait for the result.
  • They must continue to self-isolate if the PCR test is positive, even if they have previously had negative LFTs.

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