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Study: virus was there in sewage water in Italy before Wuhan

Jun 19, 2020 16:27 IST

Scientists in Italy have found traces of the novel coronavirus in wastewater collected from Milan and Turin in December 2019, suggesting that Covid-19 was already circulating in northern Italy before China reported the first cases. The Italian National Institute of Health looked at 40 sewage samples collected from wastewater treatment plants in northern Italy between October 2019 and February 2020. An analysis released on Thursday said samples taken in Milan and Turin on December 18 showed the presence of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

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