Genomic sequencing of first community cases

Ryan Potts made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Ryan Potts

Dear Ministry of Health,

Please disclose the findings of any genomic sequencing undertaken on the two cases of locally acquired Covid-19 reported by the Director-General on 23 March 2020. Please also advise if these cases were linked.

If the source of infection could not be identified, please comment on whether the Ministry considers this evidence that the first community cases in New Zealand were the result of undetected transmission.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Potts

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Kia ora Ryan

Thank you for your request for official information. This request has been merged with the request you submitted yesterday under reference number H202101844. You can expect a response to this request on or by 23 March 2021.

Ngā mihi

OIA Services
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Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
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