08 June 2020 – Project to use wastewater networks as an early indicator for Covid-19 spread

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Environment, Health, Research and Development
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; New initiatives
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science and Innovation and Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge

Overview: A wastewater control network is promoted as an epidemiological indicator of early warning of the spread of COVID-19
The Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) is working together with the Ministry of Health, and with the support of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the regions, to implement an alert network for COVID-19 through measurement and analysis of wastewater.
Full details here: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/serviciosdeprensa/notasprensa/transicion-ecologica/Paginas/2020/080620-covid-aguas.aspx

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, International – academic