LFTs are for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. At the moment, if you get a positive result on a rapid response LFT you are not 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 need to apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you will still need a PCR test. See below.
Don’t miss out on the Test and Trace Support Payment
If you think you will be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must get a confirmatory positive PCR result to access financial support. This applies to both adults and children who test positive on an LFT.
If you want to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment because you need to stay at home to look after a child who is positive and self-isolating, the child must have a positive PCR result.
If you test positive on an LFT or PCR test you must self-isolate for up to 10 days.
Take an LFT on day 6 and day 7. There must be 24 hours between each test.
If both tests are negative and you don’t have any symptoms, you can end self-isolation when you get the second negative test result.
If you leave self-isolation on or after day 7 you are strongly advised to limit close contact with other people in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, work from home if you can and minimise contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19.
They help protect us, our colleagues, our loved ones, the NHS and they help to keep Island businesses and organisations open.
Keep washing your hands regularly with soap or hand sanitiser.
Wear a face mask to help protect other people who may be at risk of serious illness. It is a legal requirement for face coverings to be worn in shops, on public transport including taxis and in most indoor settings including theatres and cinemas.
Limit close contact with people you don’t usually live with.
COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors. Let fresh air in before during and after meeting other people inside. Opening your windows for 10 minutes makes a big difference.
These are the latest published vaccination and COVID-19 stats for the Isle of Wight, from NHS England and UK Health Security Agency, respectively. Read the full report.
The graphic shows:
112,673 – The number of island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
105,646 – The number of island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
85,556 – The number of island residents who have received their booster dose of the vaccine.
23,985 – The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
1,299 – The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
912.9 – Weekly cases per 100,000. This is the number of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the seven-day period, divided by the total population of the Island.
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