Covid 19: Lateral flow tests ‘very accurate for positive cases’

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Ministers are said to be finalising plans to remove the requirement for a follow-up PCR test to confirm a positive Covid-19 result on a lateral flow device – in cases without symptoms.

Speaking to the BBC, Epidemiologist Doctor Mike Tildesley said that data that identifies variants “may potentially be lost”, but that lateral flow tests are very accurate and only a subset of PCR tests are currently sent for sequencing.