Scientists have found COVID-19 in the wastewater Helsinki and Turku
Coronavirus was found in the wastewater of Helsinki and Turku, the national Institute for health and social development of Finland (THL).
"Study THL wastewater showed the presence of coronavirus in sewage in Helsinki and Turku, but no signs of the presence of the virus in the samples collected in Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu", - stated in the message.
The results are based on samples taken during the day on 24 and 25 may.
The study is expected to sewage will allow to get more information about the prevalence of coronavirus.
"The number of confirmed cases indicates a weakening of the epidemic, and studies of sewage confirm the observation, based on testing of individuals. Testing of sewage water can give us prior warning if the number of virus will increase and will again begin to circulate among the population", - said a senior researcher at THL Tarja Pitkanen.
Currently, samples are collected weekly at treatment facilities in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu. In addition, samples will be collected monthly in 21 locations across Finland.
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