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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Abstract

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
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume26
Issue number40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2021

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