Coronavirussen, which has triggered a global pandemic, may have come to Europe much earlier than previously thought.
It writes the AFP news agency.
A study of wastewater has demonstrated that the virus was already in Italy in december.
Previously, otherwise, suspected that the virus was widespread in China in december and at the time was in its early beginnings, and that Italy was first hit during the month of February. But now it turns out, then, that Italy may have been struck much earlier.
the Survey is Thursday, published by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy's answer to the national board of Health.
In the survey have found traces of the corona virus in the wastewater in both Milan and Turin in december.
- the Results of which is confirmed by two different methods in two different laboratories, indicating the presence of SARS-COV-2 RNA (the virus behind the disease covid-19, red.) in the samples taken in Milan and Turin, and 18. december 2019 and in Bologna 29. January 2020, says Guiseppina La Rosa from the Italian national institute of health.
the Researchers behind the study recommend that other places in the world, also test and monitor the wastewater in order to track the spread of the covid-19.
The first official event of the covid-19 in Italy are registered in the middle of February, that is, almost two months after the virus appears to have been present in the country.
Since the disease spread rampant in the country, and at the time of writing is in all 238.159 persons tested positive for the covid-19 in Italy, as in the course of February and march was one of the countries, there was allerhårdest affected by the virus, and who were major challenges for the health care system due to the many infected.
a total Of 34.514 people have lost their lives in Italy.