Three times as many PCR tests can be done in Germany than previously thought

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In Germany, many more people may be tested for coronavirus infection than previously thought. Veterinary laboratories have unused capacity for the PCR test, which is done to detect coronavirus.

“I think it would be wise to use this experience,” said Thomas Mettenleiter, head of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, a federal research institute for animal health. According to the expert, the diagnosis is the same for humans or in the veterinary field. It is important that digitalization in veterinary laboratories is very well developed due to the large number of tests that are done in laboratories.

In seven of the 16 federal states, state veterinary laboratories are already being used by health authorities to carry out coronavirus tests. Connecting private veterinary laboratories could triple the capacity for PCR testing in Germany, reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

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