Vienna had 539 positive coronavirus samples checked for the presence of the B.1.1.7 mutation. The city reported on Friday that the mutation could be detected in 66 samples and thus twelve percent of the cases.
“Last week I asked Vice-Rector Oswald Wagner that the Medical University of Vienna examine the positive samples from Vienna for the presence of the B.1.1.7 variant. Since no systematic examination of the mutation has yet been carried out in Austria, it is unfortunately not possible to say how long this mutation of the Covid-19 virus has been present in Austria, “said City Councilor for Health Peter Hacker (SPÖ).
Monitoring system is to be created
The examinations were carried out at the Medical University of Vienna in the Clinical Institute for Laboratory Medicine and at the Center for Virology. “Further investigations are necessary to monitor the future spread of the new variant B.1.1.7, so we will follow the further development closely every week,” said Robert Strassl from the Clinical Institute for Laboratory Medicine and Stephan Aberle from the Center for Medical Virology University of Vienna.
In the future, all positive tests should be checked for the mutation, said Hacker. “Until further notice, we will continuously have all positive samples checked for mutations at several laboratory locations in Vienna in order to have a corresponding monitoring system available as quickly as possible. Special thanks to the scientific institutes at MedUni Vienna and the operators of the large laboratories in Vienna The results will of course be available transparently. “
One and a half weeks ago, the first B.1.1.7 case became known in Vienna. In a nursing home, 42 residents were infected with the coronavirus; a later analysis confirmed the suspicion of the mutation. The mutation is said to have also occurred in a second home of the operator. (apa)