Monitoring of Community Wastewater for Early Signalling the Spread of COVID-19 in Chennai City

The project: ‘Monitoring of community wastewater for early signalling the spread of COVID-19 in Chennai city’ is supported by the Swiss Development Corporation and the Embassy of Switzerland in India. Under this project, the wastewater samples from treatment plants, sewers and freshwater bodies of Chennai are analyzed and monitored using a chemical marker. RNA is being concentrated from wastewater and viral RNA copies enumerated using reverse transcriptase quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT- qPCR). The estimated RNA copy numbers are observed in the wastewater in order to estimate the number of infected individuals in the catchment via Monte Carlo simulation.

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