Urgent alert for tens of thousands of people living across 30 Sydney suburbs to get tested for coronavirus even if they have ‘the mildest symptoms’ after sewage discovery
Thousands of Sydneysiders have been urged to get tested after coronavirus was found in sewage.
NSW Health has issued an alert for 30 suburbs in Sydney’s south-west and north-west as the state recorded an eighth consecutive day of zero cases.
Fragments of the virus were detected in samples collected on Thursday from a catchment that takes sewage of 180,000 Sydneysiders in the south-west.
Affected suburbs include Leppington, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville, Denham Court, West Hoxton, Hoxton Park, Middleton Grange, Horningsea Park, Carnes Hill, Edmondson Park, Prestons and Miller.
It comes after more fragments were also detected in a second sewerage system on Wednesday, impacting a further 120,000 residents in Sydney’s north-west.
‘While detection of the virus in sewage samples could reflect the presence of older cases of COVID 19 diagnosed in these areas, NSW Health is concerned there could be other active cases in the local community in people who have not been tested and who might incorrectly assume their symptoms are simply a cold,’ NSW Health said.