RIVM will conduct sewage research more often to detect corona infections
From the autumn, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) will carry out twice as many sewage water tests to identify corona infections. write it AD. Currently, more than three hundred sewage treatment plants are conducting research once or twice a week, in the future three or four times a week. The upscaling was already expected, the RIVM already had it at the beginning of the summer dates transferred with the Ministry of Health and the water boards. In half of the infected people, virus particles are visible in the stool. It doesn’t matter if someone has complaints or not.
Now that more people have been vaccinated in the Netherlands, fewer of them notice anything of a corona infection, so that fewer cases are diagnosed with tests. The number of tests taken by the GGD is falling; among you there were almost 70,000 tests per week, currently the number of tests at the GGD is about half. This makes sewage water research a suitable method to monitor the spread of the virus, RIVM researcher Ana Maria de Roda Husman said earlier. NRC.
RIVM started testing sewer samples from Schiphol Airport in mid-February 2020. All locations in the Netherlands have been cooperating since the beginning of September last year. In January 2021, the institute started identifying and tracing new variants of the coronavirus using sewage water. With this kind of research it is possible to see when mutations reached the Netherlands and how much they gain a foothold – sewage samples are stored.
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In this blog keeps NRC developments around the coronavirus. This was the most important news of Friday, July 30:
- There were Friday 651 corona patients in Dutch hospitals, 176 of whom are in intensive care. In addition, 3,463 positive corona tests were reported and there were six reports of deaths from the effects of Covid-19.
- The eurozone economy is in the second quarter of this year got out of the recession. With a growth of 2 percent compared to the first quarter, the increase was higher than expected. Portugal and Austria saw relatively the strongest growth.
- The Delta variant of the coronavirus is at least as contagious like chickenpox and in any case more contagious than Ebola and the influenza virus. That writes the American Center for Disease Control CDC in an internal report. Experts say in that report that one has to recognize that “the Delta variant has changed the war.”
- Federal officials and people on temporary contracts with the U.S. government must carry proof of vaccination. This was announced by US President Joe Biden. Anyone who does not get vaccinated must be tested weekly. Biden also wants local authorities to make $100 available for people who are vaccinated against the corona virus.
Read here the entire blog from Friday 30 July back