The health cost of lockdown: NZ’s dramatic fall in referrals and tests

The cost of lockdown was missed diagnosis, possibly leading to illnesses going unidentified.

A study of a Dunedin primary care clinic found that during lockdown tests and referrals fell by almost 100%. It was likely not quite this bad across the country, but the MoH won’t report the data.

Referrals 2019: 17   2020: 0.
Lab tests 2019: 61   2020: 1.