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Unions demand sharp rise in sick pay for Covid self-isolation

Concern high rate of false positives from lateral flow tests in England could force many out of work

Trade unions have demanded a sharp rise in sick pay for people isolating due to a positive Covid test after the Guardian revealed internal government concerns about a rising proportion of false positives which could lead to growing numbers of people being off work without reason.

Health officials have warned privately that, as lateral flow device (LFD) tests are rolled out to all adults in England amid falling infection rates, more than three-quarters of positive results in low infection areas could be misleading.

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