Infections in Nepal have surged since the lockdown in the nation of 28 million people was lifted in July
Karmacharya’s organization is well versed in using effluent to trace diseases.
The center in 2018 sampled wastewater for typhoid in areas where there have been vaccinations in a study with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In June, its researchers started testing sewage samples for Covid-19 in the Kathmandu Valley and detected the pathogen at two of four sites.
Infections in Nepal have surged since the lockdown in the nation of 28 million people was lifted in July.
The country has recorded an average of 1,000 new infections each day since August, for a total of more than 48,000 cases.
The government’s Nepal Health Research Council has now partnered with the center to test sewage in Lalitpur district, which has reported more than 1,000 cases, near the capital Kathmandu.
“Once we have the findings, we are planning to coordinate with the government and take it forward as a nationwide campaign,” Council chief Pradip Gyanwali told AFP.