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Covid detected in 10 sewage systems across Melbourne, sparking concern

Urgent alert for thousands of Australians after ‘unexpected detection’ of Covid is found in sewage from 10 suburbs

  •  Covid has been detected in the wastewater across 10 inner Melbourne suburbs
  • Authorities warned it might be due to virus shed in a no longer infectious person
  • But it could also mean that Covid is in the communities undetected, they say

An urgent alert has been issued after Covid was detected in the sewage systems of 10 suburbs across Melbourne.

Victoria’s Department of Health issued the alert on Sunday morning for suburbs across inner west and north Melbourne. 

Authorities are concerned that there may be undiagnosed infectious cases within the communities.  

The impacted suburbs are:  

  • Aberfeldie  
  • Essendon 
  • Essendon West 
  • Flemington
  • Footscray 
  • Kensington 
  • Maribyrnong 
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Parkville 
  • Travancore

Residents in the above suburbs have been urged to remain on high alert and seek Covid testing immediately if they develop any symptoms – no matter how minor. 

But the Department of Health is urging the public not to panic, suggesting the uptick in Covid in the sewage could be linked to older cases. 

An urgent alert has been issued after Covid was detected in the sewage systems of 10 suburbs across Melbourne 

The Department has guaranteed additional resources will be used to increase wastewater testing in the regions and monitor the situation closely

The Department has guaranteed additional resources will be used to increase wastewater testing in the regions and monitor the situation closely

‘The unexpected detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 that is no longer infectious continuing to ‘shed’ the virus or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case,’ a spokesman said. 

The Department has guaranteed additional resources will be used to increase wastewater testing in the regions and monitor the situation closely. 

It comes as two new cases were recorded in Victoria on Sunday – after nine days of tough lockdown which was introduced to stem the spread of the variant Indian Covid strain. 

The new cases bring the total number of active cases in the state to 85, with 72 linked to the Melbourne cluster which prompted the snap lockdown.

Victorians are still turning out in droves to be vaccinated against the virus, with 19,940 dosses administered on Saturday alone and 613,914 so far this year.

More to come. 

Two new cases were recorded in Victoria on Sunday - after nine days of tough lockdown which was introduced to stem the spread of the variant Indian Covid strain

Two new cases were recorded in Victoria on Sunday – after nine days of tough lockdown which was introduced to stem the spread of the variant Indian Covid strain 



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