The Ministry of Health and the University of Cyprus have entered into a partnership for the monitoring of the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater of aircrafts and the international airports of Cyprus for a total duration of three months.
According to a press release by the Ministry, the Medical Services and Public Health Services of the Ministry of Health and the Laboratory of Environmental and Technical Processes and Water Systems-GAIA (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering / Nireas International Water Research Center) of the University of Cyprus, have entered into a collaboration on February 1, 2023, that aims to begin monitoring of the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater of aircrafts and the international airports of Cyprus for a total duration of three months.
The press release notes that the need for the implementation of a SARS-CoV-2 monitoring system in the wastewater of the Larnaka and Paphos International Airports on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, came after a recommendation by the European Commission.
The European Commission strongly urged EU member states to implement, as soon as possible, a national surveillance system for the sewage of their International Airports and wastewater from arriving aircraft, with the aim of collecting data on the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, the press release says.
Source: Cyprus News Agency