Sewage water samples found to have traces of COVID-19 virus: Brazil

A research group from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) of Brazil, on Thursday, July 2, announced that in an analysis of sewage water samples from last November in Florianopolis, the capital and second largest city of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, it was fund that the water samples contained the traces of the COVID-19 virus.

“We detected SARS-CoV-2 in two samples collected independently on [the] 27th [of] November 2019,” said 14 researchers of UFSC in a report. “Our results show that SARS-CoV-2 has been circulating in Brazil since late November 2019, much earlier than the first reported case in the Americas,” the report added.

The findings are two months earlier than the first official confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in America on January 21 and much earlier than the first case of the infection was reported in Brazil at the end of February.

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