The Sindh government has established the first biosafety level 3 laboratory at Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital.
The lab was inaugurated by the hospital’s Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali on Monday. It has started functioning.
The BSL-3 lab is a containment laboratory designed for work with Risk Group 2 and 3 of microorganisms that can spread through aerosols, according to the World Health Organisation.
Jinnah Hospital will now be able to conduct 100 COVID-19 tests daily, said Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab. The testing capacity will be increased in the next phase, he added.