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Chile - MoH suspends COVID-19 testing in at least five labs due to inconsistencies - May 15, 2020

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  • Chile - MoH suspends COVID-19 testing in at least five labs due to inconsistencies - May 15, 2020


    The Ministry of Health announced the suspension of at least five laboratories that processed PCR tests to detect COVID-19 for delivering false negatives and false positives in a large percentage.
    It was the Health Minister, Jaime Maņalich , who confirmed the information, pointing out that up to 30% of inconsistencies were detected during a control.


    We had not had the capacity to keep up with the laboratories that were opening. That is why it established quality control for a week, in order to certify that the tests that the new laboratories are reporting are correct, "the authority said in an interview with El Mercurio.
    At the indicated laboratories, at least 500 samples were inspected, of which a significant percentage gave false positives, that is, patients who were confirmed with COVID-19 despite not being sick, and false negatives, patients who were told that they were not they had the virus when in fact they had contracted it.
    Given this, it was decided to carry out a more exhaustive control, determining that these laboratories do not process any more tests of this type until what happened is clarified.

    https://www.24horas.cl/coronavirus/h...spital-4177353

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