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New Lateral Flow Tests to be rolled out

By Rachel Lawlerorient gene tests
 
The DfE has confirmed that from this week, NHS Test and Trace will be introducing a new type of lateral flow device for PVI nursery and pre-school at-home Covid testing.
 
The new devices require nasal swabbing only, with no need for swabbing the throat as well.
 
These devices, called Orient Gene tests, return a positive or negative result in under 30 minutes.
 
The DfE has advised that settings should continue to use any remaining self-test kits and only order additional test kits through the online reordering system when stocks start to run low.
 
The new Orient Gene test kits for at-home testing are supplied in boxes of seven and enable testing for three and a half weeks. Updated guidance on the introduction of the new Orient Gene test kit has been uploaded to the early years and primary school document sharing platform, available here.