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Ganga water is free from coronavirus, finds experts from BHU and BSIP – Times of India

PRAYAGRAJ: In a breakthrough examine, involving the medical and genetic experts from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), Lucknow, has discovered that there was no hint of coronavirus in Ganga water even through the peak of second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

The discovering bears significance within the backdrop of the truth that scientists at BSIP have discovered traces of coronavirus in water of river Gomti within the state capital.


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“The joint team of BHU and BSIP was investigating the question of presence of coronavirus in Ganga as many of the experts have shown contrasting views when several human bodies were found floating in the river Ganga during May 2021 and pictures of several of unburned corpses floating in this mighty river had shaken up the country”, stated Prof Gyaneshwar Chaubey of the division of Zoology, BHU.
The skilled within the discipline of genetics additional knowledgeable, “To investigate any trace of coronavirus in the Ganga, the team had collected two samples every week, in a row of seven weeks, from Varanasi city, starting from May 15 to July 3”. The pattern amassing level was identical at each assortment and the method to check the pattern too was identical everytime”, stated Prof Chaubey.

“Our team has extracted RNA and performed a RT PCR for all the samples with a true positive and negative sample. Surprisingly none of the samples collected from Ganga showed any trace of viral RNA. However, samples collected from rivers Gomti did show the presence of viral RNA”, stated Scientist E and head of BSIP, Niraj Rai. He added that his crew has discovered the presence of virus in Gomti even after the therapy of sewage water at two STP’s (sewage therapy plant) of town.

He provides that the virus was present in Gomti final yr too (September 2020) and this yr (May 21).

The discovering is additionally necessary as a result of of the truth that it has been performed amid apprehension that water of river Ganga may have been contaminated after a number of our bodies have been discovered floating in river Ganga and Yamuna and giant numbers of our bodies have been buried on their banks throughout peak of Covid-19 pandemic.

Prof VN Mishra of the division of Neurosciences, BHU and who was one of the important thing contributors on this examine, says, “The findings implies that Ganga water has some exceptional properties due to some natural ‘phage viruses’ present in the water”.

“We are exploring more to understand this phenomenon” stated Prof Gyaneshwer Chaubey.

Apart from Prof Mishra and Prof Chaubey, the Varanasi crew additionally included energetic participation of analysis scientist’s Abhishek Pathak, Prajjval Pratap Singh, Debashruti Das and Bhargavi.

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