Covid positive people given wrong test results

09.11.2021 - 03:29
Covid positive people given wrong test results
A notification error yesterday resulted in 17 Covid-positive people receiving false negative test results

Seventeen of the people who were notified of a negative Covid test result yesterday were later told they had tested positive.

After leaving their post-test quarantine space and resuming regular activities, they received a new notification saying there had been an error in private testing lab Thetis’ notification system and that their test result was in fact positive.

Some of these people have shared the error notification from the National Hospital, which has the ultimate responsibility for the test result notification system, with KvF:

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“Due to an error in our notifications system, several Covid-positive people have been informed that their test result was negative. This is of course highly regrettable, and we hope this will not happen again.”

One of the 17 people reported having been in contact with many people on Friday.

After isolating over the weekend, this person got tested on Sunday afternoon. Having received a negative test result yesterday morning, the person resumed regular social activities. Shortly after midday yesterday, a new notification stated that an error had occurred and this person’s test result was in fact positive.

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Thetis says in a written statement to KvF that they sent an incomplete list of test results to the National Hospital between 6am and 7am yesterday morning.

At 7.15am, Thetis spotted an error in this list, immediately informed the National Hospital and sent a revised list.

Thetis apologises for this error, adding that they have revised some procedures to ensure this error does not reoccur.

Fifty-two new Covid cases

Sunday’s 3,099 Covid tests resulted in 52 positive cases, reports

All have been notified by the health authorities, and extensive contact tracing is underway.

There are currently 630 active Covid-19 cases in the country. Five Covid patients are in hospital, and a total of six Covid-related deaths have now been registered.

The daily numbers of positive tests over the past week have been as follows: 76, 85, 111, 55, 48, 29 and 52.

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According to the latest vaccination figures on, updated yesterday, 90 percent of the 12+ population have received the first shot of the vaccine, 85.4 percent have received the second shot and 2.8 percent have received a third booster shot.

Plenty of vaccine doses are available to everyone aged 12 and over. Click here to book your vaccination appointment.

Those requiring assistance with filling in the forms can call 304545 on weekdays between 2pm and 4pm.


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