Brussels calls on EU countries to monitor wastewater for COVID-19 – POLITICO
Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius on Sunday called on EU countries to monitor wastewater for COVID-19 over the next six months.
“It is essential that EU countries put in place effective wastewater monitoring systems as quickly as possible and ensure that relevant data is immediately made available to responsible health authorities,” Sinkevičius said in an interview published in the German newspaper on Sunday. Welt am Sonntag.
Some countries and cities are already check wastewater in their fight against the pandemic.
Irish Health Services Director said last week that a wastewater monitoring program has been developed to monitor the prevalence of the virus in different areas. On the Côte d’Azur, a recent analysis of wastewater shown COVID-19 in decline in the region.
“Wastewater monitoring needs to be integrated more systematically into national testing strategies to detect the virus, as well as existing COVID-19 testing approaches,” Sinkevičius said. “It is an additional tool for monitoring developments and supporting the decision-making process of public health authorities.”
The commissioner recommended that samples could be analyzed twice a month in the largest European cities, to detect the presence of the virus early or to indicate that the area is at low risk.
In March last year, scientists found traces of the virus in the wastewater of a Dutch city before the first case was confirmed, Deutsche Welle reported.