NICD successfully cultivates causative agent for COVID-19

Scientists said they cultured the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a biosafety level 3 laboratory, which has strict safety protocols in place.

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CAPE TOWN –The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has successfully cultivated the causative agent of COVID-19.

Scientists said they cultured the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a biosafety level 3 laboratory, which has strict safety protocols in place.

This development will help local scientists to better understand how the virus reacts when exposed to different conditions.

Similar work was done through a collaboration between the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University last month.