Portuguese court has ruled that polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19 are unreliable with subsequent quarantine orders based on these tests unlawful. A Nov. 11 decision by Portuguese Court of Appeal judges Margarida Ramos de Almeida and Ana Paramés stated that the PCR process is not a reliable method to determine if someone has contracted SARS-CoV-2. The ruling also said that one positive PCR test cannot be used to effectively diagnose if someone was indeed infected. Furthermore, the ruling by Ramos de Almeida and Paramés suggested that healthy people forced to quarantine themselves could violate their fundamental right to liberty. Thus, any enforced quarantine orders based on positive PCR test results were unlawful. The magistrates based their decision on a number of studies, specifically a September 2020 paper by French researchers published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The aforementioned research found that the accuracy of PCR tests used in more than 35 cycles dropped to three percent. Thus, they concluded that any PCR test using over 25 cycles is totally unreliable. The judges' ruling follows the case of four tourists who entered the Azores region of Portugal from Germany. The four tested negative for the coronavirus 72 hours before their departure from Germany. However, the Azores Regional Health Authority ordered the four to quarantine themselves. Of the four, only one tested positive for COVID-19 while the other three were deemed "high risk" due to their proximity to their infected companion. Following a complaint by the tourists, a lower court ruled that the health authority's quarantine order was unlawful – which the appellate court's Nov. 11 decision upheld. Ramos de Almeida and Paramés also mentioned in their ruling that the Azores Regional Health Authority was unauthorized to declare if somebody was ill – with only physicians certified by the country's board of medical doctors permitted to do so. Any other entity declaring somebody ill "may configure a crime of 'unlawful practice of a profession.'" Johns Hopkins University data shows that Portugal has a 300,462 COVID-19 caseload with 220,877 recoveries and 4,577 deaths.
Doubts have emerged over the accuracy of PCR tests to identify coronavirus infection
As much as 97 percent of PCR test results may be false negatives, based on the September 2020 study. Vegsource founder Jeff Nelson posted a video of National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci saying that any positive tests above 35 cycles is a false positive. However, both government and private laboratories have been mum about the exact number of cycles they run for PCR tests. It is worth noting that PCR was invented to create copies of genetic material and not as a diagnostic tool. PCR tests in the U.S. usually run 42 to 45 cycles: Meanwhile, India uses between 37 to 40 cycles for their tests. (Related: Being tested for coronavirus too early may lead to false positives, warn researchers.) Swiss biologist Dr. Beda M. Stadler pointed out the problem with using PCR tests. He explained: "If we do a PCR coronavirus test on an immune person, it is not a virus that is detected – but a small shattered part of the viral genome. The test comes back positive for as long as there are tiny shattered parts of the virus left. Even if the infectious viruses are long dead, a [PCR] test can come back positive because [it] multiplies even a tiny fraction of the viral genetic material enough [to be detected.] Stadler added that the extremely sensitive PCR test "was initially perfect" to find out the virus's location, but it cannot identify if the virus was still infectious. He posited that a large percentage of the daily reported infections are purely due to the PCR test picking up viral debris and coming back as positive. (Related: BOMBSHELL: Up to 90 percent of COVID-19 "positive" test results are false, test kits matching dead viral fragments that pose no infection risk.) Freelance investigative reporter Jon Rappoport also raised a red flag regarding PCR testing and how it will be manipulated to show that vaccines are effective against COVID-19. In a Nov. 17 Waking Times op-ed, he pointed out that "gigantic numbers of false-positive results" will occur "when ... the tissue sample [is blown up] above 34 cycles." Guidelines by the Food and Drug Administration require up to 40 PCR test cycles – exacerbating the problem.