Italy: Coronavirus in sewage since December undetectable

In Italy there is mounting evidence that the novel Coronavirus was already in the past year in the North of the country. The first positive Test in Italy's "P

Italy: Coronavirus in sewage since December undetectable

In Italy there is mounting evidence that the novel Coronavirus was already in the past year in the North of the country. The first positive Test in Italy's "Patient one" was only at 20. February in Codogno, near Milan, the next day was in Vò Euganeo, in the Region of a case of death, Veneto registered for the first time on the Covid-19-disease. In the meantime, it is considered to be sure that there is inflammation in the conspicuous, frequent and atypical two-sided lung, which had been established in January by many Physicians in Lombardy to his time did not recognize Covid has traded 19-diseases.

Matthias Rüb

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta, based in Rome.

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The Thesis that the from China to be imported-Coronavirus has been widespread weeks before the first positive Test was undetected in the North of Italy, is now corroborated by a study conducted by the National Institute of health-ISS. Thereafter, CoV-2 detected samples were at the recent examination in December routinely used wastewater from Milan in the Region and Turin in the Piedmont of genetic traces of the pathogen, Sars. Samples from Bologna, in Lombardy from January showed corresponding traces.

For the ISS study, whose full results will be published in the coming week, were investigated in 40 sewage samples, which were taken between February 2019 and February 2020. The investigation by two laboratories, each with different methods provided the same result. Accordingly, in samples from the cities of Milan and Turin, from 18. December 2019, and from Bologna from 29. January first marks detected.

the South of Italy remained largely spared

Tests on the virus traces in the samples in the months of January and February 2020 were positive, while they brought in samples from October and November 2019, with negative results. Least two-thirds of the country were reported far identified infections with the Coronavirus from the Lombardy region. Nearly half of the more than 34.500 deaths in Italy are attributable to the densely populated and economic strong Region in the North.

Updated Date: 19 June 2020, 10:20

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