Ethnicity of deceased attributed to Covid-19

H Campbell made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

The request was refused by Ministry of Health.

From: H Campbell

Dear Ministry of Health,

Can you please provide the following;

As at 28 April 2020;

1. A list of those people in New Zealand whose death is attributed to Covid-19 by;

(i) Ethnicity and (ii) age

eg Subject A - NZ European 92
Subject B - Cook Islander 87
etc

Yours faithfully,

H Campbell

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Dear H Campbell

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the
Act) to the Ministry of Health (the Ministry).

"As at 28 April 2020;

1. A list of those people in New Zealand whose death is attributed to
Covid-19 by;

(i) Ethnicity and (ii) age

eg Subject A - NZ European 92
Subject B - Cook Islander 87"

Your request for this information is refused under 9(2)(a) of the Act to
protect privacy of natural persons, including that of deceased natural
persons.

For you reference there have been media updates where they have provided
information on the age group of the deceased attached below:

[1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

Please note, the way confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 are being
reported on is to prevent identification of individual cases, particularly
in small towns and groups that involve family members. To maintain
uniformity nationwide, all cases are being reported on by District Health
Board and by clusters.

Under section 28 of the Act, you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to
review any decisions made under this request.

Thank you for taking the time to write to the Ministry.

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

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1. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

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