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Dear Ministry of Health,

I’ve read other requests and discovered the PCR test is run through to 40 cycles.
However numerous publications state that anything over 30 will produce large amounts of false positives. One country has banned anything over 25 cycles due to the alarm false positives cause.....My questions 1: why is New Zealand running at 40?? 2: on January 20 WHO change its guidelines, has New Zealand adopted these guidelines ? 3: what are the current cycle threshold settings?

Yours faithfully,
Simon.

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"However numerous publications state that anything over 30 will produce
large amounts of false positives. One country has banned anything over 25
cycles due to the alarm false positives cause.....My questions 1: why is
New Zealand running at 40?? 2: on January 20 WHO change its guidelines,
has New Zealand adopted these guidelines ? 3: what are the current cycle
threshold settings?"

 

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From: Simon <[FOI #14979 email]>
Sent: Monday, 22 March 2021 16:02
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - regarding CT thresholds used for
COVID19
 
Dear Ministry of Health,

I’ve read other requests and discovered the PCR test is run through to 40
cycles.
However numerous publications state that anything over 30 will produce
large amounts of false positives. One country has banned anything over 25
cycles due to the alarm false positives cause.....My questions 1: why is
New Zealand running at 40?? 2: on January 20 WHO change its guidelines,
has New Zealand adopted these guidelines ?  3: what are the current cycle
threshold settings?

Yours faithfully,
Simon.

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