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Your COVID-19 test result is negative. What happens next?

Please check your situation below to see if you can leave self-isolation. 

Even if you are well, you may not be able to leave self-isolation immediately, even with a negative test result.

If you have a negative result, but you develop symptoms of COVID-19 later – fever, loss of smell, sore throat, cough or difficulty breathing – please stay at home and ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice. You may still have COVID-19 if you have been tested too early or too late in your illness, so the test may not have picked up the virus now developing.

If you have a negative result, but you develop symptoms of COVID-19 later – fever, loss of smell, sore throat, cough or difficulty breathing – please stay at home and ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your GP for advice.

People who are still sick should stay at home until 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped.

Translated information:

Te Reo Māori | Cook Island Maori - Kūki ‘Āirani Māori | Fijian - Vosa Vakaviti | Niuean - Vagahau NiueSamoan - Gagana Samoa | Tokelauan - Te Gagana Tokelau | Tongan - Lea Faka Tonga 

What happens next?

Check to see whether you can leave self-isolation immediately.

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