One in two corona-infected people who have taken a rapid test in Denmark received a negative response, figures from the country’s public health inspectorate show.
Thus, there is not only a great risk of false-positive results, as previously mentioned, but also of false-negative results, newspaper Politiken writes, referring to statistics from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI).
A total of 117,670 persons took both the rapid test and the ordinary corona test in the period between February 1 and March 23.
According to the ordinary tests, 4,069 of them were infected, but the rapid test showed only 2,159 cases of infection.
Thus, 1,910 people with coronavirus had received a negative test result. That makes up 47% of those infected who had been tested.
“Unfortunately, we have to state that rapid tests are quite imprecise,” Tyra Grove Krause, head of infection preparedness at the SSI, noted.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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