Since March 23, 2020, the Biology Centre, CAS, was examining samples for the presence of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Researchers carried out about 100 tests a day. These were diagnostic tests for the direct detection of coronavirus, which make it possible to report the disease before the outbreak of COVID-19. Clinical analysis were processed under strict laboratory conditions with a high level of BSL-3 biological safety at the Institute of Parasitology. On May 11, 2020, the Biology Centre CAS opened a new laboratory adapted for testing clinical samples for coronavirus. The testing capacity of the Biology Centre then increased to 150 tests per day. If necessary, the total capacity of the Biology centre can be extended up to 200 samples per day.
In addition, the Biology Centre focuses on the research of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and develops a methodology for analyzing the quality of antibodies in the blood of treated patients. Virologists are also involved in several other projects concerning options for more effective diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19.
Extraordinary testing of samples for the new type of the coronavirus performed by the academic institutes and universities was terminated on June 15, 2020.