UK Covid testing cutoff quietly extended to eight days after first signs

Exclusive: confusion as helpline staff say tests not accurate after more than five days

The government has quietly changed its guidance on the number of days within which people with coronavirus symptoms should get tested, the Guardian has learned.

On the government website people are now told: “On day eight, you need to go to a test site,” after an apparent change on Friday morning. Earlier in the day it was quoted as saying: “You need to get the test done in the first five days of having symptoms.”

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