Director of Public Health, Matthew Ashton said: “The confirmatory PCR test is an important part of the evaluation of the lateral flow test, so we need everyone who tests positive to book one, just to be sure that it is accurate.
“If the confirmatory PCR test also comes back positive, then you must continue to isolate for 10 days since the initial ‘lateral flow’ test. Everyone in your household will be a ‘close contact’ and must self-isolate for 14 days. Contact tracing will be initiated through the NHS or local contact tracing team and other close contacts will be advised to quarantine for 14 days.
“If the confirmatory PCR test result is negative, then you will no longer be required to self-isolate, and your contacts will no longer need to quarantine. You will still need to adhere to the national lockdown restrictions.”