Sewage could help trace spread of coronavirus infections – BBC News

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The Test and trace system in England is facing serious criticism due to long waits for test results and failure to trace cases.

Now in an effort to track of the spread of the virus the UK government has rolled out a new scheme, testing sewage samples.

90 waste water treatment sites in England, Wales and Scotland are testing for traces of the virus in the hope of detecting local outbreaks before they spread.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health editor Hugh Pym.

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