Confirmed cases by test types
What proportion of cases in England fall into each test category?
Counts of confirmed cases depend on the viral testing regime, capacity, and willingness. In England, there are three main ways to get a positive test:
- PCR only: A person, often with symptoms or regular testing, takes a polymerase chain reaction test.
- LFD (positive PCR): After taking a rapid test, it shows a positive result. That person then undertakes a confirmatory PCR test, which is also positive. The swab for the…