Change to rapid test results rules
From Wednesday (27 January 2021) anyone who is told that they have Covid-19 following a rapid (lateral flow) test will no longer need to have a follow-up test to confirm the result.
This is a temporary measure due to the high number of coronavirus cases in England at the present time.
The rapid tests, which are for people who do not have any signs of Covid-19 (a new and constant cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change of their sense of smell or taste), are free, easy and fast to use.
These changes will NOT apply to certain groups:
- NHS England staff
- Adult Social Care
- Primary school workers, who test at home
The new rules will remain in place until further notice.
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