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Evidence that SARS-CoV-2 even exists

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From: Paul Roberts

Dear Ministry of Health,

This request is made under the Official Information Act.

A PCR test only tests for the presence of genetic material in the body in the form of RNA and is used to diagnosing infection of SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV viruses.

However testing for the presence of a specific sequence of RNA is not evidence that genetic material is a microbe or virus.

What evidence does the Ministry/Government have that proves SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV even exists which meets the accepted standard requiring fulfillment of Koch’s postulates?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Roberts

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Kia ora

Thank you for your requests for official information received on 23 July
2020 for:

"1. Would you please tell us what number of people diagnosed with Covid-19
received treatment that made use of a ventilator?
2. How many of those patients at (1) died?
3. What evidence does the Ministry/Government have that proves
SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV even exists which meets the accepted standard
requiring fulfillment of Koch’s postulates?
4. What compensation and amount has the Ministry/Government paid to these
private hospitals for remaining empty during the Lockdown period?"

The Ministry's reference number for your requests is: H202005467.

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 20 August 2020, being
20 working days after the day your request was received.  

If we are unable to respond to your requests within this time frame, we
will notify you of an extension of that time frame.

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

Ngâ mihi

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
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