Punjab: COVID transmission to be tracked in sewage

A University of Health Science (UHS) has announced a pilot project with Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) to detect coronavirus in sewage.

UHS vice-chancellor Prof Javed Akram said that UHS, in collaboration with WASA, is going to launch a scientific study to detect coronavirus in wastewater.

According to details, sewage samples from 30 areas of Lahore will be collected to test viral load. The RT-PCR test of samples will show the extent of virus transmission in the neighborhood.

It may be noted that sewage sampling would be able to estimate the approximate number of people infected in a geographic area without having to test every person.

Vice-Chancellor (VC) of University of Health Sciences has said that during the current smart lockdown, rate of tests conducted was low in context to the size of population and people also have reservations over sealing of specific areas during the smart lockdown.