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COVID-19: Reintroducing confirmatory PCR testing

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As the prevalence of COVID-19 reduces to low levels in the population, the chance of a false positive result increases – though still remains unlikely. We can mitigate against the risk of false positives by confirming a positive lateral flow test with another test – such as a PCR test. Find out more about the reintroduction of confirmatory PCR testing.

Protecting ourselves and each other as we move out of lockdown

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On 22 February 2021, the Government published its ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ which set out how national coronavirus restrictions would be eased in stages, with reviews taking place on set dates. This blog looks at how easing of restrictions will work and why we must keep following the rules to keep each other safe.

Behind the scenes: Expanding the COVID-19 dashboard

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When the PHE COVID-19 Dashboard first started back in March 2020, it was just a map and a few charts reporting four metrics on cases and deaths. One year on, read how the dashboard has evolved into the most important and reliable daily statistical publication in the UK.