According to information from the Ministry of National Defense, "since the beginning of February, the Military Laboratory of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Products (LMPQF) increased the production of disinfectant to meet the expected increase in demand", having doubled the production to 2,000 liters. And "in order to be able to respond to the requests of the National Health Service, the acquisition of new equipment and the constitution of a new production team are in progress", it is also read in a note, in response to questions from the Lusa agency. area, in tests, the "laboratory procedure" of the Biological Defense Laboratory for the detection of coronavirus "in biological samples", is "in the validation phase with the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA)", according to the same information.
The validation process for this technique "involves sending five positive samples and five negative samples to INSA, which, after being confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory", INSA, will give "autonomy to the Army for the detection" of the new coronavirus.
"This laboratory technique will be carried out with commercial 'kits', validated for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, and the capacity to analyze 4,000 samples is foreseen at this stage," the note from the Ministry of National Defense also reads.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 400,000 people worldwide, of whom about 18,000 have died.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.
In Portugal, there are 33 deaths, 10 more than the day before, and 2,362 infections confirmed, according to the balance made today by the Directorate-General for Health, which registers 302 new cases in relation to Monday (14.7% more).
The country is in a state of emergency until 23:59 on 2 April.