Groundwater in South Africa in Danger from COVID-19 Mass Graves?

With researchers noting that little is known about how long the novel coronavirus survives in water, South Africa wants to avoid sudden, poorly planned burials that could result in the virus or other pathogens passing into water supplies, writes Kim Harrisberg for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "Cemeteries are areas of potential water contamination from pathogens in decomposing bodies," said Matthys Dippenaar, a groundwater expert from the University of Pretoria.

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