Starting today, people who produce a positive lateral flow test for the coronavirus no longer need to perform a PCR test to confirm their result.
The new measures across England will mean that asymptomatic individuals who test positive with a home lateral flow kit will no longer need a confirmatory PCR test.
The move, announced last week by the UK Health Authority (UKHSA), is taking place to free up laboratory capacity for PCR testing for those who have Covid-19 symptoms.
It comes when Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that restrictions on outdoor events will be lifted starting Monday, but restrictions on indoor table service in the hospitality industry and social distancing in public places will remain in place until at least Jan. 24.
The 500-person cap at major outdoor events is being lifted to allow football and rugby fans across the nation to fully return to the games.