Supplementing SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance with PCR-based variant detection for real-time actionable information, the Netherlands, June to July 2021

Richard Molenkamp, Ewout Fanoy, Leonie Derickx, Theun de Groot, Marcel Jonges, Tjalling Leenstra, Roel Nijhuis, Suzan Pas, Ali Vahidnia, Christian von Wintersdorff, Bert Mulder, Marion Koopmans

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We evaluated routine testing with SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant-specific RT-PCR in regional hospital laboratories in addition to centralised national genomic surveillance in the Netherlands during June and July 2021. The increase of the Delta variant detected by RT-PCR correlated well with data from genomic surveillance and was available ca 2 weeks earlier. This rapid identification of the relative abundance and increase of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern may have important benefits for implementation of local public health measures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuro Surveillance
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2021

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