Thousands of Australians wary as ‘unexpected’ coronavirus fragments are found in sewage water in large suburbs
- A warning has been issued for the areas around Cranbourne, to the west of the town
- Anyone living in northern, western, and eastern suburbs should get tested
- Authorities said the catchment area is large and the detection was ‘unexpected’
Thousands of Victorians are on high alert after fragments of the coronavirus have been found in the sewer.
The Department of Health issued a warning on Thursday for the areas around Cranbourne, south Melbourne, after ‘unexpected’ virus particles were found in the wastewater.
Authorities urged people who lived or visited the suburbs around Cranbourne between April 6 and 12 to get tested for symptoms.
Anyone who lives or has visited between April 4 and 12 in the northern, western and eastern suburbs of the city has also been asked to be alert.
Pictured: Shoppers walk a Melbourne city lane after coronavirus restrictions relax in 2020
Pictured: Areas where Covid-19 particles have been found in wastewater around Melbourne
VICTORIAN TOPICS ON WARNING:
Cranbourne and the surrounding suburbs between 6 and 12 April.
North, west and eastern suburbs of Melbourne between April 4 and 12.
Source: Vic Health
“This detection is located in a very large catchment area serving suburbs stretching from the northwest of Melbourne to the far northeast,” said the Department of Health.
Fragments of Covid-19 in sewage can indicate undetected infections or existing cases where the virus is spread.
On Tuesday, Victorian health authorities issued an urgent warning to residents in the Ringwood area, east of Melbourne.
Suburban people like Bayswater, Croydon, The Basin, Montrose, Healthmonth, Boronia, Kilsyth, Tremont, and Wantirna have been urged to check for cold or flu-like symptoms.
Anyone with symptoms, however mild, who visited or lived in the areas was told to have an immediate test and isolate themselves.
Victoria has not reported any community transmission cases in 50 days.
Wednesday, 24 hours to midnight, approximately 17,040 cases were treated.
Pictured: Australian Defense Force members take a smear at a drive-through Covid-19 test station in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner