Dear Public Health England,

I have been given information from a number of Hospital Trusts in the UK that they have received advice from you regarding the procedures to use when conducting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to detect Covid-19.

Could you please send me a link to the document that you send to Trusts and other testing centres for this specific purpose.

Can you please confirm if any advice you give users indicates the specific cycle (Ct/Cq) values (or range) that they should use?

Are you aware of any other official bodies that send out the information covered above to testing centres?

Yours
Dr F Lally

FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL
Dear Dr F Lally

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Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
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OFFICIAL
Dear Frank Lally

Please find attached Public Health England's response to your request.

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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