Coronavirus found in water samples from sabarmati river in Gujrat, experts call it alarming
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In an alarming discovery, researchers at IIT Gandhinagar and the School of Environmental Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University found traces of the novel coronavirus in water samples taken from the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. The virus was also found in samples taken from the city’s Kankria and Chandola lakes.
Professor Manish Kumar from IIT’s Earth Sciences Department Gandhinagar said the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in lakes and rivers could lead to a dangerous situation.
The team had collected the water samples once a week between September 3 and December 29, 2019. More than 694 samples were collected in the Sabarmati River, 549 in Lake Chandola and 402 in Lake Kankria.
According to their research, they said the virus could live in natural waters for too long. This development comes days after the bodies of patients infected with COVID were found floating in the rivers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Notably, Karnataka became the first state in the country to introduce a Bengaluru city wastewater monitoring system to identify potential clusters of COVID-19 in the water.
In 2020, similar research was carried out in Gujarat. Researchers from IIT-Gandhinagar, the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Center (GBRC) and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) carried out sampling on May 8 and 27, 2020 at the waste treatment plant. wastewater (STEP) from the old Pirana in Ahmedabad.
The sewage treatment plant receives 106 million liters per day of liquid waste or sewage from the civilian hospital treating COVID-19 patients.
Viral RNAs were isolated from wastewater samples and RT-PCR analysis of viral RNA was performed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. The results showed that the May 8 and May 27 sewage treatment plant samples were positive for the SARS-CoV-2 genes.
Now, researchers want similar tests to be carried out across the country to find out if the virus is found elsewhere in bodies of water.