Wastewater shows Durban may already be in third wave

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Wastewater shows Durban may already be in third wave

Researchers say there may be more infected people in eThekwini municipality than what is being reported

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Durban may already be in the third wave of Covid-19 infections, according to a comprehensive analysis of wastewater.

The Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology (IWWT) at the Durban University of Technology — which is leading Covid-19 wastewater surveillance in Southern Africa — revealed on Tuesday that recent analysis indicated that the metro “is already experiencing the third wave”.

The institute, headed by Prof Faizal Bux and assisted by Prof Sheena Kumari, plays a critical role in monitoring and tracking Covid-19 infection spread in Durban. According to the team, the peak of the second wave in SA occurred in January 2021, with an average of 40,000 active cases in KwaZulu-Natal...

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