Urgent alarm to thousands of Australians in 100 Brisbane suburbs about covid sewage fragments

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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

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

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young urged residents who may have the least flu-like symptoms to get tested for Covid-19

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

A nurse performs a Covid-19 Pap smear at a drive-through clinic in Murarrie, Brisbane

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

An Aldi supermarket in Stafford, north Brisbane, frequented by the city's positive Covid-19 case

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)

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)

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

Hotel Quarantine employee Zuby Daryau is vaccinated during a rollout of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at STARS Metro North Health facility in Brisbane

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.

Albion

Alderley

Annerley

Ascot

Ashgrove

Aspley

Auchenflower

Balmoral

Bathroom

Bardon

Boondall

Bowen Hills

Brisbane airport

Brisbane City

Bulimba

Camp Hill

Cannon Hill

Chermside

Chermside West

Clayfield

Coorparoo

Dutton Park

Eagle Farm

East Brisbane

Enoggera

Enoggera reservoir

Everton Park

Ferny Grove

Fortitude Valley

Gaythorne

Admiration

Gordon Park

Grange

Greenslopes

Hamilton

Hawthorne

Hemmant

Hendra

Herston

Highgate Hill

Holland Park

Holland Park West

Kalinga

Kangaroo Point

Kedron

Kelvin Grove

Keperra

Lutych

Lytton

McDowall

Milton

Mitchelton

Moorooka

Morning side

Mount Coot-tha

Mount Gravatt

Mount Gravatt East

Murarrie

Nathan

New farm

New market

Newstead

Norman Park

Noorderpoort

Nudgee

Nudgee Beach

closet

Paddington

Petrie Terrace

Pinkenba

Port of Brisbane

red hill

Seven hills

South Brisbane

Spring Hill

St Lucia

Stafford

Stafford Heights

Stone corner

Taigum

Taringa

Tarragindi

Teneriffe

The chasm

Toowong

Upper Kedron

Virginia

Wavell Heights

West End

Wilston

Windsor

Woolloongabba

Wooloowin

Wynnum

Wynnum West

Zillmere

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