The researchers have found traces of coronavirus in water samples taken from the Sabarmati river & 2 lakes in Ahmedabad. They said that similar tests are needed to be conducted across the country as the virus could live in natural waters for far too long.

Meanwhile, Karnataka has become the first state to introduce a city sewage surveillance system in Bengaluru earlier this week to identify potential Covid-19 clusters.

   

Coronavirus traces found in water samples from Sabarmati river, two lakes in Ahmedabad

WHAT?

Traces of novel coronavirus have been found in water samples taken from the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. The virus was found in samples taken from the city's Kankria and Chandola lakes as well.

WHO?

Researchers of IIT, Gandhinagar, and Jawaharlal Nehru University's School of Environment Science.

WHO?

Professor Manish Kumar of the Earth Sciences department in IIT, Gandhinagar, said that the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in lakes and rivers could lead to a dangerous state of affairs.

Professor Kumar said they had collected the water samples once every week between September 3 and December 29, 2019. While 694 samples were collected from the Sabarmati river, 549 were taken from Chandola lake and 402 from Kankria lake.

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