Urgent alarm to thousands of Australians in 100 suburbs as coronavirus fragments lurk in sewage
- Coronavirus fragments detected in sewage linked to 100 Brisbane suburbs
- Queensland Health announced that a virus has been detected at the Luggage Point treatment facility
- The treatment plant serves 96 suburbs, including Albion and Brisbane City
- Health authorities have told residents to remain vigilant for flu-like symptoms
Coronavirus fragments have been found in sewage water connected to 100 Brisbane suburbs, with health officials alerting thousands of symptoms.
Queensland Health announced that the virus had been detected at the Luggage Point treatment facility in Pinkenba, east Brisbane.
The processing facility serves 96 suburbs, including Albion, Brisbane City and South Brisbane.
The warning comes when Queensland discovered an unexpected coronavirus case Friday, a 26-year-old local man with no links to hotel quarantine or travel abroad.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young urged residents who may have the least flu-like symptoms to get tested for Covid-19.
Coronavirus fragments have been found in sewage water connected to 100 Brisbane suburbs, with health officials alerting thousands of symptoms
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young urged residents who may have the least flu-like symptoms to get tested for Covid-19
“Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell,” she said.
‘It’s really important that people with symptoms come right up and get tested – we can’t be complacent, we’re still in this pandemic.
“It is critical that we detect any cases that we may not be aware of through our testing system as quickly as possible to avoid potential spread.”
The residents affected by Covid-19 can still pass on particles of the virus for weeks after being infected.
“It is also possible that this detection relates to previous COVID-19 cases that can shed viral fragments a few months after they are no longer infectious,” said Dr. Young.
A nurse performs a Covid-19 Pap smear at a drive-through clinic in Murarrie, Brisbane
QUEENSLAND LOCATIONS ON WARNING
Anyone who has been to the following locations in the specified time frames should be tested regardless of whether they have symptoms and isolate immediately until they get a negative result:
March 20, 12 noon to 4.16 pm: Any part of Westfield Carindale Shopping Center at the alarm time is now HIGH RISK
March 20, 12 noon – 4.16 pm: Westfield Carindale. Stores include: Shinobi Ramen Noodle Shop, Fresh Sensations, Go Vita, Robins kitchen, Harris Scarfe and Kmart
March 20, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM: Market Organics (shop only), Newmarket
March 20, 8 p.m .: Baskin and Robbins, Everton Park
March 21, 10:30 am to 10:46 am: Genki Market, Alderley
March 21, 12:40 to 3:10 pm: Mamma’s Italian Restaurant, Redcliffe – HIGH RISK
March 22, 12.20 to 12.25 pm: Guzman and Gomez, Stafford
March 22, 12:40 to 12:50 pm: Bunnings, Stafford
March 25, 8:30 am to 8:45 am: Aldi, Stafford
March 25, 11:15 am to 11:40 am: Nundah Respiratory Clinic, Nundah
Locations with a low risk:
March 20, 12 noon – 4.16 pm: Other parts of Westfield Carindale town center
March 21, 9:50 am to 10:20 am: Gasworks Plaza, Newstead
March 22, 7:55 pm to 8:00 pm: KFC drive-thru, Everton Park
An Aldi supermarket in Stafford, north Brisbane, frequented by the city’s positive Covid-19 case
The warning comes as health authorities are closely monitoring a new species of Covid-19 discovered among returning travelers from Papua New Guinea.
PNG is gripped by a coronavirus crisis with cases spiraling out of control across the country, with very low test rates meaning the problem is even worse.
The Queensland Health Department is aware of 64 people in hotel quarantine with the newly identified B.1.466.2 strain after arriving or transiting via PNG.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and as the pandemic is underway we continue to see new variants emerging, such as the UK and South African variants,” Queensland Health said.
Currently, the variant most commonly found among travelers from Papua New Guinea is the B.1.466.2 line, which is not a cause for concern.
The warning comes as health authorities are closely monitoring a new species of Covid-19 discovered among returning travelers from Papua New Guinea (photo: police officer orders man to wear mask in PNG)
“This is the new name for the specific B.1 strain circulating in PNG.”
Australia has already committed 8,480 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and is considering sending more.
Frances Adamson, Secretary of State and Trade, said the government was aware of the urgency of the situation.
“The possibility that some of Australia’s domestically produced stocks could be used for this purpose is certainly something that is alive, but has yet to be formally decided by the government,” she said Thursday.
Hotel Quarantine employee Zuby Daryau is vaccinated during a rollout of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at STARS Metro North Health facility in Brisbane
Brisbane suburbs on edge
Queensland health authorities have urged Brisbane residents to remain vigilant for flu-like symptoms after Covid-19 fragments were discovered in the sewer.
Holland Park West
Mount Gravatt East
Port of Brisbane