Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca Expats distressed as coronavirus found in the River Seine Paris

BRITISH Expats from the Costa del Sol to the Costa Blanca are all worried after hearing the news that the Paris water authority’s laboratory detected coronavirus in the River Seine.

Social media viewed by most British expats is buzzing with the news that the coronavirus has been found in the River Seine in Paris, France. The worry is that the virus could be lurking in one of the many reservoirs around Spain if it is in French rivers.

The Bidasoa river, people are worried that it contains the coronavirus as it connects to rivers in France.

The Bidasoa flows through much of its 66km length over Navarrese territory, except for the last 10km, where it establishes the borderline between France and Spain, as well as the boundary between the Basque provinces of Gipuzkoa and Labourd.

Celia Blauel, from the Paris water authority’s laboratory, said they detected tiny amounts of the virus in four of 27 samples collected from around the capital, leading to an immediate shutdown of the network as a precaution.

Drinking water is supplied from a “totally independent” network and “can be consumed without any risk,” Blauel, the city’s top environmental official, said.

What is non-potable water?

Non-potable water, drawn from the Seine River and the Ourcq canal, is used to clean streets and to water the greenery in the city’s parks and gardens, currently closed to the public, as well as supplying their ornamental fountains.

The city of Paris is consulting the regional health agency for a risk analysis before deciding how to proceed, Blauel said.


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