From tomorrow, a new Covid rule will change how you use PCR tests.
A new rule has been implemented that will drastically alter the way we test for Covid.
Millions of people in the UK are expected to be affected by the new guidance, so here’s what you should know.
As the fight to keep Covid cases under control intensifies, the government plans to implement new measures on January 11, 2022.
Due to a scarcity of lateral flow tests (LFTs) and PCR tests, determining the exact number of people infected with the virus has become difficult.
With 142,224 people testing positive for the virus on Monday, January 10, the Omicron variant has engulfed the UK, shattering daily case records time and time again.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, January 8, the United Kingdom became the seventh country in the world and the first in Europe to reach the unwelcome milestone of 150,000 total deaths from the pandemic.
Despite the high number of coronavirus cases and deaths, Boris Johnson and his government are working on a new “Living with Covid” plan to help Brits get back to normal.
According to the Mirror, the scheme will likely include steps to eliminate free LFTs, remove social distancing in most scenarios, allow for fewer PCR tests, and reduce the number of tests required for people entering the UK.
Although this plan is unlikely to take effect for some time, it is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
However, a new change related to PCR tests is expected to be implemented tomorrow.
People who test positive on an LFT but don’t have any symptoms are expected to get a PCR test to confirm they have the virus at the time of writing.
However, on January 11, 2022, this will all change.
However, under the new coronavirus rules, people will only need to isolate for seven days after receiving a positive LFT result.
Professor Azeem Majeed of Imperial College London told the newspaper i that the move was positive.
“In the current situation we’re in, if you’re positive on lateral flow tests (LFTs), that’s almost certainly diagnostic of a Covid-19 infection because infection rates are so high,” he said.
“By not having to take a PCR test, the PCR testing system is relieved of pressure,” he adds.
If you test positive on an LFT, Brinkwire gives you the lowdown.