In April 2020, Centre for Diagnostics reorganized part of the laboratories to testing Covid-19 samples, and became an important partner especially for hospitals in the Capital Region, and for Aalborg and Slagelse Hospital. The Centre geared up to analyse 10,000 PCR samples per day. As of August 31, 2021, the Centre had analysed 1,252,855 test responses that were part of SSI's ongoing Covid-19 monitoring. The test facility is still running as of today.
In January 2021, the collaboration agreement with the Danish Regions' covid group was extended to also test all positive samples found in the pipeline, for all known and emerging covid variants. The Centre set up a sequencing pipeline in the Covid facility over a weekend and reported on covid vairants on the following Monday.
The pipeline included registration and full sample tracking from sample arrival until results were exported. Both the regular Covid-19 diagnostics and sequencing of the covid variants took place in the Centre around the clock, 7 days a week, and were performed by a team of approx. 50 employees.
- Centre for Diagnostics DTU finds Brazilian variant of coronavirus (dtu.dk, 3 March 2021)
- DTU takes on another task in the fight against corona (dtu.dk, 1 March 2021)
- Helt ny hverdag: Her jagter man nu corona-mutationer (TV2, Lorry, 27. januar 2021)
- DTU assists in the fight against coronavirus (dtu.dk, 26 January 2021)
- Region Hovedstaden gør coronatest hurtigere og nemmere (Regionh.dk, 17. november 2020)
- 10.000 covid-19 prøver om dagen (Artikel Danske Bioanalytikere, 08/20)
- DTU vil teste 10.000 om dagen (TV2 Lorry, 13. september 2020)
- DTU gears up to perform 10,000 covid-19 tests a day (dtu.dk, 7 September 2020)
- Covid-19 tests 14 hours a day, 7 days a week (dtu.dk, 2 June 2020)
- DTU increases Rigshospitalet's test capacity (dtu.dk, 1 April 2020)