Timely detection of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection cases is crucial to interrupt the spread of this virus. We assessed the required expertise and capacity for molecular detection of 2019-nCoV in specialised laboratories in 30 European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries. Thirty-eight laboratories in 24 EU/EEA countries had diagnostic tests available by 29 January 2020. A coverage of all EU/EEA countries was expected by mid-February. Availability of primers/probes, positive controls and personnel were main implementation barriers.

2019-nCoV, coronavirus, emerging infections, laboratory, response, zoonoses
dx.doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.6.2000082, hdl.handle.net/1765/125274
Department of Virology

Reusken, C.B.E.M, Broberg, E, Haagmans, B.L, Meijer, A. (Adam), Corman, V.M, Papa, A, … On Behalf Of Evd-LabNet And Erli-Net, (). (2020). Laboratory readiness and response for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in expert laboratories in 30 EU/EEA countries, January 2020. Eurosurveillance, 25(6). doi:10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.6.2000082