No traces of corona virus have been found in Ganga river. Scientists from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleosciences, Lucknow have made this claim. After two months of research, scientists declared the river Kovid-free. They found the presence of the virus in the Gomti river in September 2020 and on May 21 this year.
Ganga river declared corona-free
According to Professor Dnyaneshwar Choubey, Department of Biology at BHU, scientists from both the institutes collected two samples every week from Varanasi city (15 May to 3 July) for seven weeks to investigate possible traces of corona virus in the Ganga. The team did RT-PCR test of all the samples by extracting RNA. Neeraj Rai, a scientist at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleosciences and head of the Kovid lab at the institute, was quoted as saying, “Surprisingly, none of the samples collected from the Ganges showed traces of viral RNA. However, samples collected from the Gomti river showed the presence of viral RNA.
Research done for two months
Professor VN Mishra of the Department of Neuroscience at BHU is trying to understand some extraordinary properties in the water of the Ganges. He has a prominent place in the research team that says Ganga is Kovid-free. Last month, researchers from IIT, Gandhinagar and Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of Environmental Science also found traces of coronavirus in water samples taken from the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. According to him, the virus was also found in water samples collected from the city’s Kankaria and Chandola lakes. According to researchers, the virus can live for a long time in natural water.
However, the US CDC says that there is no evidence that the coronavirus can spread to people from natural sources of water such as water in the ocean, lake, pool, hot tub. The Union Health Ministry has also ruled out the possibility of spreading Kovid-19 through water. During the second wave of corona epidemic in May, 2021, many bodies were found floating in the Ganges and Yamuna. Due to which there was fear that the rivers could be contaminated with the corona virus. At the peak of the epidemic, the news of the burial of a large number of bodies on the banks of rivers had made a lot of headlines. But no need to panic now! Scientists say that Ganga is Kovid-free.
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