Detecting traces of SARS-CoV-2 in river water in India
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Detecting traces of SARS-CoV-2 in river water in India

(Dan Tri) – Scientists warn that traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in river and lake water samples are a potential threat.

Many bodies of Covid-19 patients were floated on India’s sacred river at the peak of the epidemic (Photo: Reuters).

According to India Today, scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Jawaharlal Nehru University detected traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in water samples from the Sabarmati River, Kankria Lake and Chandola Lake in the city.

A scientist in the research team, Professor Manish Kumar, said they collected these water samples weekly between September 3 and December 29, 2020.

Professor Kumar said that traces of SARS-CoV-2 in water could be a potential danger.

Earlier this week, Karnataka became the first state in India to launch a wastewater monitoring system in Bengaluru city to identify the risk of outbreaks of Covid-19 clusters. Previously, many people were concerned about the risk of epidemics.

Local media said that hundreds of bodies were floated on this sacred river partly due to the expensive cost of cremation, partly due to the customs of each place.

India is the second largest epidemic center in the world with nearly 30 million Covid-19 cases and more than 385,000 deaths.

Although India has passed the peak of the epidemic and the number of infections and deaths has decreased significantly, experts warn that the country could face a third wave of Covid-19 in October this year.

However, experts warn that the Indian government and people should not be subjective and rush to relax epidemic prevention measures, because Covid-19 will still be a health threat to the South Asian country.

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