Mumbai: Coronavirus Detected In Sewage Water, Samples From Six Wards Test Positive

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Mrunal Jadhav

Mumbai, December 15, 2020: The total cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country have reached beyond 99 lakhs. Covid-19 vaccination process will soon begin in the country.

Now coronavirus has been detected in sewage water in Mumbai. Sewage water was collected from six wards of Mumbai including Dharavi. A preliminary study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found coronavirus in the sewage water of Mumbai. These samples were taken from May 11 to May 22.

All samples taken from six wards have been found positive while all samples which were taken before March 16 were found to be negative. This study states that sewage surveillance should also be initiated for data of coronavirus transmission. These samples were taken from Wadala, Dharavi, Kurla, Shivaji Nagar, Malad and Kanjur.

As the virus is new all its aspects are being studied. The virus is present in the faeces of coronavirus (Covid-19) infected patients. Initially, there were reports that there could be a virus in sewage water too. After which the study was started. Early studies suggested that coronavirus can survive even in sewage water. It can spread the infection to people who do sewage cleaning.