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How many "positive cases" of Covid-19 diagnosed in MIQ have been symptomatic or required hospital treatment?

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From: anna goodwin

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

There is increasing awareness that PCR testing for Covid-19 is only viable for diagnostic testing in symptomatic patients. It was not meant to be a "screening test" as such due to the high level of false positives which can occur from non-viable homologous gene sequences which may exist in the human nasal cavity. Please provide the total number of MIQ patients with symptoms or who required medical treatment out of all of those testing positive by the nasal swab screening since border testing was implemented in 2020 up until July 2021. Please also list the total number of people that have been detained in MIQ since the Covid-19 pandemic response, the total number of Covid-19 tests deployed by MIQ and the total cost of the MIQ program since its implementation.

Yours faithfully,

anna goodwin

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2122-0146

Dear Anna,

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 20 July 2021 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

“There is increasing awareness that PCR testing for Covid-19 is only
viable for diagnostic testing in symptomatic patients. It was not meant to
be a "screening test" as such due to the high level of false positives
which can occur from non-viable homologous gene sequences which may exist
in the human nasal cavity. Please provide the total number of MIQ patients
with symptoms or who required medical treatment out of all of those
testing positive by the nasal swab screening since border testing was
implemented in 2020 up until July 2021. Please also list the total number
of people that have been detained in MIQ since the Covid-19 pandemic
response, the total number of Covid-19 tests deployed by MIQ and the total
cost of the MIQ program since its implementation.”

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MINISTERIAL SERVICES

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