NBRI establishes advanced virology lab for COVID-19 testing

Lucknow, June 30, 2020: The National Botanical
Research Institute (NBRI), has
established an ‘Advanced Virology
Lab’ for testing COVID-19.
The facility has been developed
based on the guidelines of the
ICMR, WHO and the Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare.
It is a Bio Safety Level 3 level
facility.
“Biosafety levels are assigned to a
facility depending on the pathogen
it deals with. According to ICMR
guidelines, BSL2 level facility is
recommended for COVID-19 but
this is an advanced version,” said
Dr Samir Sawant, Senior Principal
Scientist, NBRI.
This version has a “Negative
Pressure”, which means it has a
suction facility that can suck
aerosold and pass through filters. It
can filter virus or bacteria to make
it a safe COVID-19 testing facility.,
It reduces the possibilities of
infections at culturing facilities.
Prof. S K Barik, Director, NBRI,
said this will add to the testing
capacity of Uttar Pradesh. At present,
UP is testing about 20,000 samples
per day.
“To follow the protocol, we will
start testing 100 samples a day in
the first week and later we will
scale it up to 500 samples a day,”
said Dr Sawant.
“NBRI took up developing the
testing facility in the wake of coronavirus
pandemic as a service to the
people of Uttar Pradesh,” Prof
Barik said.

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