The corona sample analysis capacity at Haukeland has been exhausted

Corona sequencing - testingPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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There is no longer the capacity to look for virus variants in all positive corona samples at Haukeland University Hospital. Only 25% are analyzed.

In recent days, more than 5,000 corona samples have ended up in the laboratory at Haukeland, but they can only analyze around 4,000 daily, newspaper Bergens Tidende (BT) writes.

“Now we only analyze 25% of the positive samples,” department chief Elling Ulvestad at the department of microbiology noted.

The need to clarify whether the corona samples are positive is greater than the need to find the mutated virus variants.

New outbreak prioritized

Ulvestad says that when they get an outbreak, it is more important to sequence the first samples in the outbreak to find the mutated viruses.

“If we find it, we assume that most of those infected in the outbreak have the mutated variant,” Ulvestad noted.

When Haukeland started the sequencing, there was enough capacity to sequence all the positive samples. 

That is no longer the case, and now new outbreak areas are being given priority.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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