COVID-19 in SA | Virus found in rural wastewater

The SA Medical Research Council's Water Surveillance Team says the rapid rise may be due to more people returning to rural areas after the closure of schools and universities. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - COVID-19 is being increasingly found in wastewater from rural areas countrywide.

But don’t worry, the virus can’t spread through waste or even drinking water

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The SA Medical Research Council's Water Surveillance Team says the rapid rise may be due to more people returning to rural areas after the closure of schools and universities.

"After the third wave there was a period of about six weeks where we saw very low concentrations of Sars COV-2 in the waste water," said Prof Angela Mathee.

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"Then we started seeing a rise but that was confined mainly to urban areas.

And over the last week or so we've seen the concentrations of Sars Covid-2 increase rapidly and quite dramatically in some instances in the rural areas as well," she said.

"Of the 72 waste water treatment plants that the SAMRC monitors, about 25 of those are in rural areas."

Source
eNCA

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