Five Sydney suburbs on Covid alert after traces found in sewage

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·1-min read

Residents of Sydney’s southwest are being encouraged to get tested for coronavirus after traces were found in sewage.

NSW Health said some of the fragments of the virus which causes Covid-19 were detected in the sewerage system that drains parts of Leppington, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville and Denham Court on Wednesday.

Anyone with the mildest symptoms - runny nose or sore throat - is being encouraged to get a Covid test.

There is no evidence coronavirus is transmitted via wastewater systems though.

A person is seen being tested at a coronavirus testing facility at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
People receive tests at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Source: AAP

No new cases of community transmission were recorded in the state on Thursday.

However, the health department wants people to be cautious ahead of the holiday period with larger gatherings expected.

“It is very likely that COVID-19 will continue to circulate in the community, including among people with mild symptoms or no symptoms, so it is important that we all continue to take advantage of our outdoor venues and maintain the COVID-safe practices we have become used to, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask on public transport and in places where you can’t distance from others, and good hand hygiene,” NSW Health said.

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