Native lab will get to package to sequence coronavirus genes

Local lab gets to kit to sequence coronavirus genes

One of the next generation sequencers that will be used to determine the SARS-CoV-2 strains

(CNS): Cayman has begun analysing the full genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from tests taken from infected individuals. The Health Services Authority has acquired two next generation sequencers with the help of donations from two local foundations and an anonymous donor. These machines allow technicians to determine the various strains of the virus in people who are being tested and also provide information about the transmission of this coronavirus, determining the source and network.

While Cayman has been free of community transmission for over a year, there has been a steady number of cases among travellers each week. To date Cayman has recorded 591 cases.

Another four travellers tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, bringing the total of active cases to 14, but no one is suffering symptoms of the virus. Public health officials…