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Coronavirus Presence in Hungary Wastewater Rising Again

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.02.09.

Average concentrations of the novel coronavirus in Hungary’s wastewater systems have begun rising again, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Tuesday, citing data from the National Public Health Institute.

The average concentration of the novel coronavirus detected in wastewater samples from Budapest, Győr, Miskolc and Székesfehérvár have shown a rising trend, while concentrations of the virus are down in Békéscsaba and Kecskemét, the website said.

Wastewater Samples Warn of Coronavirus Infections to Rise in Several Hungarian Cities
Wastewater Samples Warn of Coronavirus Infections to Rise in Several Hungarian Cities

Szombathely, Zalaegerszeg, Veszprém, Kaposvár, Szekszárd, Pécs, Békéscsaba, and Eger could be the those Hungarian cities to see an increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the next 1-2 weeks, based on wastewater samples taken by the National Public Health Centre (NNK). NNK wrote that according to our current level of knowledge, Covid-19 is not transmitted through […]Continue reading

The tests show a moderate presence of the virus in the sewage systems of Budapest, Debrecen, Győr, Kaposvár, Miskolc, Nyíregyháza, Székesfehérvár and Szekszárd, while other cities had lower concentrations, it added.

Cecília Müller, the chief medical officer, told an online press conference of the operative board coordinating Hungary’s response to the pandemic on Tuesday that concentrations of coronavirus in Hungary’s sewage systems have either been stable recently or were rising again. “This gives some cause for concern,” Müller said.

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