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Allen and Clarke PCR Testing Rapid Review published

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The Ministry of Health has today published an external review into delays in PCR testing processing during the early stages of the Omicron outbreak.

The review released today comes after a media briefing on 1 March during which the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield outlined the delays, what was being done about them and apologised to those people affected.

Today, Dr Bloomfield said he welcomed the review and its recommendations. “I’d also like to reassure all New Zealanders that all practical steps were taken to address these issues at the time, including sending more than 9,000 tests to Australia for processing, rolling out rapid antigen tests, and increasing lab capacity.” As of 1 March, a third of people with delayed test results had already been re-tested and the full backlog of tests were all processed by mid-March.

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