From Tuesday 11 January anyone with a positive lateral flow test, but no COVID symptoms will not be required to take a further PCR test and will be required to self-isolate immediately. Anyone testing positive via a lateral flow test with symptoms will still be required to book a PCR test.
For more information about the changes to PCR testing, visit the GOV.UK website.
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating can now reduce their isolation period after completing five full days, if you test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature.
For more information on isolation period guidance visit the GOV.UK website.
There are currently supply issues with the lateral flow rapid tests. We are prioritising local health, social care and educational settings to keep the workforce, patients, students, teachers and vulnerable residents of settings, safe.
There are limited supplies available at the council’s gateway buildings, please only pick up one of these if you need a rapid test for work or educational purposes only. We expect supplies to be available again from next week.
The government portal is providing kits but is regularly offline while restocking so please keep checking the portal at other times if you need a delivery when it becomes available.
If you are unwell please seek a PCR test, but if not available you should treat a positive lateral flow as a confirmed case and report online.
The government has introduced Plan B in England in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.
From 17 January there are changes to the self-isolation requirements.
This information will continue to be updated. For full details, visit GOV.UK for how to stay safe and how to prevent the spread.
COVID rates are increasing in Salford and across the country. Additional measures have been put in place to respond to the Omicron variant to slow its spread.
Key protections remain in place:
If you need to self-isolate due to coronavirus support may be available.
Information about the number of cases, including where the cases are in Salford:
Further information about recorded coronavirus cases in Salford can be found on the GOV.UK website.
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