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Coronavirus 'hope' as £1m lab testing 1,300 patients starts work in Liverpool
University of Liverpool researchers working to fight ' greatest pathogenic threat to humanity for over 100 years'


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A professor says “there is hope” as a state of the art £1million laboratory to fight coronavirus starts work at the University of Liverpool .
Researchers at the university describe the coronavirus pandemic as “the greatest pathogenic threat to humanity for over 100 years.”




But millions in funding has been provided following the Government’s so called Rapid Response Call, urging the medical sector to find ways of tackling Covid-19.
So far in the UK, 281 people have died of coronavirus and there have been 5,061 confirmed infections - although as testing is not widespread the true rate is considered to be many times higher.
After the call from the Department of Health and Social Care, the Medical Research Council made £20million available to scientists working to tackle the disease.

Liverpool university received £5million jointly alongside the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London to examine Covid-19 and its effects on the body.

The grant includes £1 million funding to establish and run the Outbreak Laboratory in Liverpool.


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Calum Semple, Professor of Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool, said: “The Outbreak Lab is a unique UK national resource enabling collection, distribution and analysis of thousands of specimens at high containment levels to ensure public safety.
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“This coronavirus pandemic is the greatest pathogenic threat to humanity for over 100 years.
“Not since 1918 have we seen such an impact on global society, but there is hope because for the first time, the world’s scientific community is cooperating to combat this disease.”
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Professor Semple has assembled a team of specially trained scientists and technicians who will work in Liverpool’s high-level Biological Safety Laboratories

The team will collect samples and data from 1,300 Covid-19 patients in the UK.
The university says results will provide real-time information about the coronavirus, and the disease it causes, which should help to control the outbreak and improve treatment for patients.

(From Liverpool Echo )
 
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