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A group of researchers at the University of Barcelona have found a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater of the city from March 2019. This is stated on the website of the institution.
It is noted that scientists have discovered the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19 samples samples of sewage of Barcelona, which was collected on March 12, 2019. These results, in their opinion, show signs of the beginning of the epidemic long before the first recorded case of the disease COVID-19 in the world.
Only the researchers analyzed the preserved waters from January 2018 to December 2019. All of them, except the sample from March 12 were negative for the coronavirus. The President of the society of Virology Spain albert Bosk noted that Barcelona is a major tourist and business centre, a similar situation could be in other cities around the world. In his opinion, had been ill before the epidemic were diagnosed with influenza, with which the common coronavirus symptoms.
Earlier it was reported that satellite images of Parking lots of hospitals in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first recorded outbreak of coronavirus, and analysis of data on the Internet talking about a possible spread of the infection in August 2019. Representatives of Beijing, considered this version of the “incredibly ridiculous”.
Outbreak of pneumonia COVID-19 caused by a new coronavirus, was recorded in December 2019 in Wuhan. The newspaper South China Morning Post, citing government documents claimed that the first case there was recorded at least as early as November. March 11, 2020, the who announced that the situation can be characterized as a pandemic.
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