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Government could carry out monitoring of sewage samples to detect Covid cases

ByRandall B. Phelps

May 17, 2022

With few people preferring to go to hospitals to undertake tests for the Covid-19 virus despite symptoms such as fever, cough and cold or with flu-like symptoms, the government is considering expanding surveillance of samples from sewage to detect if infection is increasing in a particular area. .

Wastewater monitoring can detect the presence of contaminants in a given area. Since the pandemic broke out two years ago, authorities have relied on this method to monitor the presence of the new coronavirus in a given population.

Wastewater testing involves the monitoring and testing of wastewater or the water we flush down our toilets to check for contaminants and viruses. The virus needs a host cell to survive and the technique involves looking for the genetic material or RNA fragments of the virus in sewage, according to reports. In the case of Covid-19, the virus is SARS-CoV-2, according to a senior health official.

He explained that infected patients shed virus fragments as bodily fluids or feces. Once flushed down the drain, the virus disintegrates, leaving behind fragments of the genetic material.

The decision to expand sewage monitoring follows the observation that states are doing little testing while people prefer home isolation and use home remedies to treat the Covid variant which is non-virulent unlike Omicron. , did he declare.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has previously pointed out that the decrease in cases is due to the drop in the number of tests worldwide.

India has reported 1,569 new coronavirus cases and 19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. With the latest fatalities, the death toll has risen to 5,24,260. Active cases stand at 16,400. A decrease of 917 cases has been recorded in the number of active Covid-19 cases in the space of 24 hours.

Moreover, with 357,484 samples tested for Covid-19, the daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.44%, while the number of samples tested so far was over 844 million. The weekly positivity rate, meanwhile, was 0.59%.

On the vaccination front, 1,078,005 additional doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered; the total number of doses administered since January 16, 2021, when the national inoculation campaign began, was more than 1.91 billion.