The government is investigating the possibility of corona virus in the water of river Ganga.
The central government is very cautious about the corona virus. The government is investigating the possibility of corona virus in the water of river Ganga. In fact, this decision was taken after the news of the bodies of some of the people who died due to corona virus being dumped in the Ganges river. The investigation is going on whether there is corona virus in the water of the places where these bodies were found. IITR Director Saroj Barik said the study is being conducted in several phases.
New Delhi. In the wake of reports of bodies being dumped in the Ganges river during the second wave of COVID-19, the Center is conducting a study to find out whether SARS-CoV-2 or Novel Corona Virus is present in the river water. Saroj Barik, director of Lucknow-based Indian Institute of Toxicological Research (IITR), said the study is being carried out in several phases and samples have already been collected from 13 sites in Kannauj and Patna. Barik said that during the virological study, the RNA of the virus present in the water will be extracted and RT-PCR test will be done to detect the coronavirus in it.
He said that IITR is an institute under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Under this study, the biological characteristics of the river will also be investigated. Officials said that the process of collecting samples for the next phase will start from Monday. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) had decided to conduct this study after bodies were found in the river during the peak of the second wave of coronavirus in April-May.
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Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat had tweeted last week, “In view of reports of bodies being dumped in river Ganga in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, we are monitoring the situation to prevent contamination of river water.” are using existing technologies and conducting regular studies.
NMCG executive director DP Mathuria said, “The virus does not survive in these conditions (river). However, we decided to conduct an evidence-based study. A large number of dead bodies were found in the Ganges river at various ghats. After which panic spread among the villagers living on the banks of the Ganges. While there was panic in the administrative department. When these pictures went viral in the media, the administration swung into action and a team was formed to investigate the matter. Administration teams are continuously monitoring this matter, while many teams in the district are monitoring the Ganga river through patrolling. The administration had come forward to bury the dead bodies at various places.