COVID-19: Ministry of Housing alerts about viral load in wastewater in Lima and Arequipa

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Wastewater in Lima and Arequipas

through an interview with rppMax Carbajal, Director of Sanitation, Ministry of Housing revealed that the concentration level of SARS-CoV-2 in waste water has increased Metropolitan Lima,

However, he clarified that it is important to note that this sample has nothing to do with growth cases. COVID-19, since it is not a source of infection, on the contrary, it allows us to obtain a data about the virus.

“We must bear in mind that the water we use goes through the sewer and reaches residual compression and is treated. At these points where the water accumulates, we monitor. It should be borne in mind that this can happen because a person is ill COVID-19 excreted in these waste waters. Some care should be taken that these sewage can infect me, the answer is no, since traces of the virus are found that can be detected but do not have infectious potential.he explained.

When asked whether this increase shows that a study should alert the public, he expressed that “Increased concentration that occurred in 4 out of 5 WWTPs (treatment plants) drain water) would indicate a trend that we should be monitoring during the following weeks”, Carbajal expressed.

“You have to keep in mind that an infected person may not show symptoms. During the first 4 days after infection, the virus can already be detected by how much it has grown. There is a trend that should be monitored. We work closely with the Minister of Health to find better samples”, added.

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In the same context, the Director of Sanitation, Ministry of Housing expressed that this study serves as a complement to the strategy of MINSA and to monitor the epidemiology. COVID-19,

“This may indicate how effectively the number of COVID 19 cases is spreading or therefore managing work in conjunction with the Ministry of Health. In Lima and Arequipa, these measurements are done every week to know the behavior in both cities., he indicated.

Which are the districts with the highest number of COVID-19 infections?

dante cersoThe head of EsSalud’s Intelligence and Data Analysis Unit (UIAD) said that Cases in Komas district increased by 202%, Going from 90 positive cases of COVID-19 in Epidemiological Week (EW) to 45 (from 7 to 13 November) to 272 cases in EW 46 (from 14 to 20 November).

He said Lima’s list of districts showed a higher increase in infections after Carabello, which went from 44 to 131 cases (198%), San Martín de Porres, from 133 to 367 (176%) and Puente Piedra. 98 (96%) on 50.

In San Martín de Porres district, a difference of 234 more cases was recorded between the week and the previous one, while in Comas it was 182 more cases, and in Los Olivos, 114 infections.

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