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Will the wastewater be tested for even more viruses in the future?

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Federal Councilor Alain Berset wants in-depth examination

Will the wastewater be tested for even more viruses in the future?

Wastewater monitoring was an important tool during the Corona crisis to assess the course of infection. The Health Commission is now calling for it to be extended to other pathogens. The Federal Council gives the green light.

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Federal Councilor Alain Berset wants to examine whether wastewater monitoring should be expanded.


Ruedi StuderBundeshaus Editor

Since the beginning of the year there has been an end to free corona tests. They are only paid on medical orders. With consequences: The test numbers have collapsed. At the end of 2022, over 60,000 people were still being tested for the corona virus every week, but now there are fewer than 20,000. The number of cases has recently fallen to less than 1000 confirmed new infections per week.

One thing is clear: Based on the number of tests and infections, the development of the pandemic can no longer be reliably assessed. Instead, wastewater monitoring has become a crucial factor. “Since the special situation was lifted in April 2022, the assessment of the relative viral load from the wastewater has gained in importance,” said Simon Ming from the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) recently Blick. And: “National wastewater monitoring will continue to play a central role in the assessment of Sars-Cov2 and other pathogens in the future.”

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