22 April 2020 – Ministry of Health confirms it has no plans to test for re-infection

Type of Intervention: Advisory
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health

Overview: Ministry of health confirms it has no plans to test for re-infection, following reports of re-infections overseas
Full details here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/414872/covid-19-health-ministry-cautious-over-reports-of-re-infection

Type of Justification: Scientific evidence
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, International – academic
Evidence/Justification: Ministry is “closely monitoring research from well-conducted studies.” Media reported statement from Ministry: “”It’s worth noting that any reports that talk about virus reactivation or reinfection without looking at virus viability (ability to replicate) are inherently flawed, and should be treated with caution.”