Coronavirus detected in Victorian sewage as state records 22 days with no new cases

Coronavirus detected in Victorian sewage as state records 22 days with no new cases

Victoria has only one active Covid-19 case but authorities are concerned about traces of the virus unexpectedly found at a Melbourne wastewater facility.

Victoria has gone 22 days with no new coronavirus cases while on Saturday New South Wales recorded 10 new cases in hotel quarantine. Queensland announced two new coronavirus cases and Western Australia one – all of which were in hotel quarantine.

In Victoria one patient was cleared in the past 24 hours, leaving just one active case, that of an immunosuppressed person the state’s health minister, Martin Foley, said on Saturday was making a “slow and steady” recovery.

A weak-positive case that was under review, that of an elderly woman, had been ruled negative.

Authorities have issued a plea for residents and visitors to Altona in Melbourne’s south-west from last Monday to Wednesday to get tested if they have even mild symptoms after virus traces were detected in a wastewater sample collected from the Altona sewage catchment on Wednesday. The result was unexpected because it had been about eight weeks since someone in the area tested positive.

Suburbs in the catchment included Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton, Point Cook and Sanctuary Lakes.

“It could mean there is somebody in the community that we have missed,” Foley said.

He said the detection could have come from someone travelling through the suburbs or virus shedding from an old case.

NSW has reached two weeks – one complete infection cycle – without a single locally transmitted coronavirus case.…

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