PCR testing cycles used in New Zealand

Letitia made this Official Information request to Chris Hipkins

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From: Letitia

Dear Chris Hipkins,
Could you clearly state how many cycles are run in the PCR testing procedure here in New Zealand to determine a Covid19 infection. If there is much variation in the number of cycles that are run, could you comment generally on how many are above 35 cycles and how many are below 35 cycles.

Yours faithfully,
Letitia Simon

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Chris Hipkins

Kia ora

 

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Public Sector | Leader of the House | MP for Remutaka

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From: Lydia Verschaffelt

Kia ora Letitia,

On behalf of Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982.

The information requested appears to be more closely associated with the functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, I am transferring your request to the Ministry under section 14(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act 1982.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to review this decision to transfer your request for information.

Thank you again for writing.

Ngā mihi

Lydia Verschaffelt | Health Private Secretary
Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the Public Service | Leader of the House
Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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