February 6, 2023

Presence of coronavirus was present in water samples from Sabarmati river in Gujarat. (Representational)


A latest examine by researchers on the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar in Gujarat has established the presence of coronavirus in water samples from the Sabarmati river and two lakes in Ahmedabad.

While the examine, funded by the UNICEF, didn’t reveal if the genes of coronavirus discovered within the water samples have been useless or alive, Professor Manish Kumar, who led the analysis, has emphasised the necessity for additional probe on the topic to avert any future tragedy.

Following the revelation, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has determined to ship samples from these water our bodies to the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC).

“The GBRC is the authorised agency of the AMC for water analysis. We have been sending samples to them since the last one year and they submit their report to the state government. We have no idea about the IIT’s research. However, we will now send samples of these water bodies to the GBRC for a similar analysis,” mentioned Harpalsinh Zala, the AMC’s metropolis engineer for Water Resources.

The examine was carried out between September and December 2020 and water samples have been collected from the Sabarmati river, Chandola and Kankaria lakes of the town.

“Our aim was to detect the presence of N, S and ORF lab genes of SARS-CoV-2, also called as coronavirus, through RNA isolation. We found N-gene copies in the waters of the Sabarmati river, Chandola and Kankaria lakes. The ORF lab-gene was not found in Chandola, while S-gene copies were present in all the three water bodies,” mentioned Kumar, who teaches within the IIT”s Earth Sciences division.

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He claimed that if coronavirus genes reached the floor water by way of urine or excreta of COVID-19 sufferers, then the genes would have been useless.

However, the genes might need been alive in the event that they got here from the mouth of a COVID-19 affected person, similar to by way of gargled water, he mentioned.

“We do not know if genes found by us were alive or not. Further research is needed to understand the implications of our findings. Governments should also focus on better solid waste management,” mentioned Kumar, including that the report has been submitted to the UNICEF.

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