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Lateral flow testing in Scotland surges by two-thirds in a week

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The number of lateral flow tests carried out in Scotland increased by more than two-thirds last week, the latest data shows.There was a 67.1% increase in lateral flow testing in the week ending December 19, meaning almost 800,000 were carried out.

Figures from Public Health Scotland show there have been 16,909,624 lateral flow tests reporting a result in Scotland since November 2020, with 0.7% recorded as positive.

PCR tests are used to confirm positive cases identified by lateral flow testing.Recent weeks have seen the Scottish Government encourage greater use of lateral flow tests, which are used to detect asymptomatic cases.

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