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Coronavirus found in water of Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad

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  • Samples were collected from Sabarmati river, Kankaria and Chandola lakes by IIT-Gandhinagar over a few weeks; researchers call for testing of all water sources across India

Ahmedabad: Samples of water from the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad have shown the presence of coronavirus. Besides Sabarmati, samples from Kankaria and Chandola lakes, too, have tested positive for presence of the virus.

The samples had been collected by researchers from Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn). Tests showed the presence of the virus in all the samples collected from the river over several days in September last year.

Elsewhere, the virus was reportedly found in a sample from Bharu river in Guwahati in Assam.

The presence of viruses in the water samples was found to be quite high.

 

Samples collected every week

Professor Manish Kumar of Earth Sciences department of IIT-Gn said that water samples from the river had been collected every week between September 3 and 29 last year. When they were tested, they were found to have coronavirus.

He added that 694 samples were collected from Sabarmati, 549 from Kankaria lake and 402 from Chandola lake.

Prior to that, the virus was detected in sewage samples collected from the city.

Studies have shown that the virus can survive in natural water bodies. Hence, researchers feel that it is important to check all water bodies in the country for presence of the virus.

The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had been largely driven by severe mutations of coronavirus. The ‘Delta’ variant that was seen as one of the major drivers of the second wave in India has further mutated to ‘Delta Plus’

 

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