Urgent alert for thousands of Australians as coronavirus fragments are discovered in sewage in SIXTEEN suburbs
- Victorian health authorities issued an urgent warning for residents in Ringwood
- People who have flu-like symptoms have been urged to get tested immediately
- Victoria recorded no new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 since Monday
Thousands of Victorians are on high alert after fragments of Covid-19 were found in the sewage of 16 suburbs.
State health authorities issued an urgent warning for residents in the Ringwood area, east of Melbourne, on Tuesday evening.
People in suburbs such as Bayswater, Croydon, The Basin, Montrose, Healthmonth, Boronia, Kilsyth, Tremont and Wantirna have been urged to monitor for cold or flu-like symptoms.
Pictured: Health workers are seen testing people for Covid-19 at Royal Melbourne Showgrounds on February 8
‘Locals and visitors who have any symptoms, no matter how mild, are urged to get tested,’ a statement read
‘Locals and visitors who have any symptoms, no matter how mild, are urged to get tested,’ a statement read.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton previously said positive wastewater samples could come from previously infected residents who are no longer contagious, but continue to shed the virus.
Victoria recorded no new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 since Monday.
A total of 903 Covid-19 vaccination doses were administered on Monday, bringing the total number of vaccine doses administered to 144,320.
Pictured: An elderly woman being tested at a pop-up clinic during a Covid-19 testing blitz in the suburb of Broadmeadows
The government has been widely criticised for its vaccine rollout, which has only jabbed 1.6 million people so fa,r as opposed to the four million people it pledged to inoculate by March.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, which is cheap and easy to transport, was the backbone of the government’s $7billion program with almost four million doses ordered from overseas and a further 50 million to be produced in Melbourne.
But the plan fell flat on Thursday when health authorities recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine should only be given to people above 50 due to the risk of blood clotting.
Late last week health authorities recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine should only be given to people above 50 due to the risk of blood clotting.
The government has since secured an additional 40 million Pfizer vaccine doses that will be shipped from abroad later in the year.
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Source: Vic Health