Coronavirus UK variant detected in wastewater treatment plants; 'uncontrolled' spread feared


Houston health officials issued a warning on Monday, revealing that they detected the UK coronavirus variant in numerous waste treatment plants in the city. The presence of the UK variant suggests that there is an ongoing and uncontrolled community spread of the virus.

A news release from the Houston Health Department stated that samples collected on Feb. 22 revealed the presence of B.1.1.7, otherwise known as the U.K. variant, in 31 of the city’s 39 wastewater treatment facilities. During the first few weeks of the same month, health officials detected it at just 21 plants.