Coronavirus found in wastewater in 17 Adelaide suburbs

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Urgent call for residents of 17 suburbs to get tested for Covid-19 after coronavirus is detected in sewage

  • A ‘low positive result’ of coronavirus has been found in the wastewater of Adelaide
  • The catchment area includes 17 suburbs to the west of the city, SA authorities confirmed
  • Residents have been urged to get tested for even the mildest of symptoms

Residents in 17 Adelaide suburbs have been made highly alert after fragments of the coronavirus were detected in the wastewater.

South Australia health authorities confirmed on Saturday that a ‘low positive result’ had been detected in the BH02 sub-basin, which spans areas from North Haven to West Lakes Shore in the west of the city.

“This result can be explained by historical cases, but it is a timely reminder that even people with the mildest symptoms should be tested for COVID-19,” SA Health said.

South Australia health authorities confirmed on Saturday that a 'low positive result' had been detected in the BH02 sub-catchment area covering areas from North Haven to West Lakes Shore in the west of the city (depicted sewage treatment plan in Adelaide)

South Australia health authorities confirmed on Saturday that a ‘low positive result’ had been detected in the BH02 sub-catchment area covering areas from North Haven to West Lakes Shore in the west of the city (depicted sewage treatment plan in Adelaide)

South Australia currently has 33 active cases with two more infections recorded on Saturday among returning travelers (photo masked passengers at Adelaide Airport)

South Australia currently has 33 active cases with two more infections recorded on Saturday among returning travelers (photo masked passengers at Adelaide Airport)

South Australia currently has 33 active cases with two more infections recorded on Saturday among returning travelers (photo masked passengers at Adelaide Airport)

Authorities will retest the catchment area and check if more traces of the virus are found.

The catchment area includes the suburbs of Birkenhead, Osborne, Ethelton, Exeter, Glanville, New Port, North Haven, Largs Bay, Largs North and Peterhead, Semaphore, Semaphore Park, Semaphore South, Taperoo, Tennyson, West Lakes and West Lakes Shore.

South Australia currently has 33 active cases with two more infections on Saturday in returning travelers.

On Tuesday, authorities confirmed that there were only 12 rooms left in hotel quarantine for positive cases, forcing Prime Minister Steven Marshall to suspend international flights for three days.

Mr Marshall said he had asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take a ‘pause’ on flights due to the worrying increase in cases in India, as well as infections in his states’ hotel quarantine program.

The announcement comes after the state registered 14 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, all from returning foreign travelers.

Passengers are waiting for a Qantas flight to Canberra at Adelaide Airport on November 18, 2020

Passengers are waiting for a Qantas flight to Canberra at Adelaide Airport on November 18, 2020

Passengers are waiting for a Qantas flight to Canberra at Adelaide Airport on November 18, 2020

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