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All Covid rules changing in Scotland this week – including testing and isolation

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Further changes will be made to Scotland’s Covid testing and self-isolation rules from this Sunday.

Scots will no longer be required to take a PCR test if they have any symptoms of the virus from May 1.


Instead, the Scottish Government will advise people to stay at home and avoid social contact with others if they feel unwell with Covid symptoms of have a high temperature.

Daily lateral flow testing will also no longer be required while remaining test centres will close from Sunday onwards.

Testing will continue to be available for specific groups, including for clinical care, health and social care workers and for people visiting care homes and hospitals.


Anyone who tests positive though these tests should stay at home and avoid contact with others for five days after the day they took the test or from symptom onset.


The Scottish Government guidance adds: “As we learn to live safely with Covid-19, there are action we can all take to help reduce the risk of catching Covid-19 and passing it on to others.

“These actions will also help to reduce the spread of other respiratory infections. Covid-19 and other respiratory infections such as flu can spread easily and cause serious illness in some people.



Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said the government recognises that the country is in a ‘different phase’ of the pandemic

“Vaccinations are very effective at preventing serious illness from Covid-19, however, even if you are vaccinated there is chance you might catch Covid-19 or another respiratory infection and pass it on to other people.”

The Protect Scotland app will soon close down, but could be restarted if the Covid threat level were to increase in the country.

NHS Scotland will also be taken out of emergency footing at the end of Saturday, April 30 as Covid cases continue to fall.

Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Scotland’s Test and Protect programme has been one of the key interventions in our response to Covid-19, the success of which has been due, in no small part, to the remarkable staff and volunteers working in Test and Protect – my sincere thanks go to them.

“I would also like to thank the Scottish public for their commitment and willingness to engage with Test and Protect when it was required of them and helping to protect their fellow citizens.

“However, we recognise we are now in a different phase of the pandemic. The primary purpose of testing is changing from population-wide testing to reduce transmission, to a targeted response focused on reducing severe harm of the virus.

“As we are now seeing a steady reduction in new Covid cases, the NHS will no longer remain on emergency footing after Saturday 30 April. But we must continue with a measured approach to support the recovery and renewal of our NHS.

“This will require balancing capacity of the NHS and the wellbeing of the workforce to respond to increasing demands for urgent care while reducing the backlog of planned care.”

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