EU urges to monitor wastewater from flights from China • Water News Europe

EU urges to monitor wastewater from flights from China • Water News Europe

EU urges to monitor wastewater from flights from China. Due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China European officials turn again to wastewater monitoring. Thanks to this method experts will be able to discover new variants of the virus earlier. Some countries, like Belgium and Austria, already started with wastewater monitoring at airports.

According to Reuters the European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the 29th of December in a letter to EU governments they should consider immediately scaling up genomic sequencing of COVID-19 infections and monitoring of waste water, including at airports, to detect any new variants, given the surge in infections in China.