<p>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.</p>

doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.40.2100921, hdl.handle.net/1765/137109
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

R. (Richard) Molenkamp, Ewout B. Fanoy, Leonie Derickx, Theun de Groot, M Jonges, Tjalling Leenstra, … M.P.G. (Marion) Koopmans. (2021). Supplementing SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance with PCR-based variant detection for real-time actionable information, the Netherlands, June to July 2021. Eurosurveillance, 26(40). doi:10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.40.2100921