‘Wastewater monitoring offers the potential to provide early warning of increasing incidence of COVID-19, complementing our wider public health surveillance programmes, and building upon strengths that we have in Wales in environmental sciences, disease surveillance and pathogen genomics.’First Minister Mark Drakeford MS
Knowledge about the levels of SARS-CoV-2 circulating in the community is an essential part of developing an effective strategy to prevent the re-emergence and further spread of the virus within Wales.
Wastewater monitoring provides an alternative approach to individual testing and can be used as an early warning system to indicate increased levels of COVID-19 in the community and before individuals require hospitalisation.
Our wastewater-based approach will monitor the levels of SARSCoV-2 and other key diseases. It will focus on Welsh urban centres where the risk of transmission is greatest, and will complement on-going national testing programmes.
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