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Guidance on testing

•Remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when symptoms appeared as advised in

•Apply for testing within the first 3 days of having symptoms as it may take a day or two to arrange.  
•Arrange for testing via or or call 119



If you have symptoms or test positive

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild.


The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell


You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results.

You must self-isolate if you test positive.

Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This is the law.

You must self-isolate immediately and for the next 10 full days because this is the period of time when the virus is most likely to be passed on to others (the infectious period).

Self-isolating is important because you could pass the infection on to others, even if you do not have symptoms. You must stay at home for the full amount of time you are told to. This remains the law, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated.


Negative Results

If a person tests negative, feels well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can stop self-isolating.*