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Viral Load in Thessaloniki's Sewage Shows Accelerating Rising Trend

Αssociated Press

A general view of the White Tower covered with snow at the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

THESSALONIKI -- The viral load detected in Thessaloniki's wastewater has increased, with daily measurements showing a clear rising trend, the research team conducting the study revealed on Thursday. The study is a joint project conducted by scientists from the University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) and the city's water and sewage company (EYATh).

The viral load in samples collected on February 15 and 16 showed a 17 percent increase in comparison with the two previous measurements.

"The daily change shows that, while the rising trend is clear and strong, it is far away from being what might be called explosive. The viral load has increased gradually at a relatively gentle pace, which has, however, accelerated significantly in the last week," the head of the team, AUTh rector Prof. Nikos Papaioannou, told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Thursday.