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

Hungary Today 2020.09.24.

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 water or wastewater.

However, a number of international studies confirm that an increase in the number of symptomatic cases in a given community follows an increase in the concentration of hereditary material detected in wastewater within at least 4-10 days. Based on the research, the virus’ genetic material has been increasingly present in samples taken from wastewater treatment plants in the aforementioned locations.

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