More than 20 suburbs on alert after Covid fragments detected

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More than 20 Queensland suburbs have been placed on alert after Covid was detected in wastewater fragments at two sewage plants.

Coronavirus was found on Sunday at one plant in Fairfield, in Brisbane, and Kawana, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Health said on Monday.

More than 23 suburbs are wholly or partially serviced by the Kawana treatment plant, including Caloundra, where a Melbourne couple with Covid arrived on June 5 after dodging the Victoria’s lockdown.

People line up to receive a coronavirus vaccination at the Rocklea Showgrounds in Brisbane. Source: AAP
More than 20 Queensland suburbs have been placed on alert after Covid was detected in wastewater fragments at two sewage plants. Source: AAP

The Fairfield plant serves four suburbs in Brisbane’s CBD.

Anyone living in the following areas have been asked to get tested and stay home until the results are back.

Kawana

  • Aroona

  • Battery Hill

  • Bells Creek

  • Birtinya

  • Bokarina

  • Buddina

  • Caloundra

  • Caloundra West

  • Currimundi

  • Dicky Beach

  • Golden Beach

  • Kings Beach

  • Little Mountain

  • Meridan Plains

  • Minyama

  • Moffat Beach

  • Palmview

  • Parrearra

  • Pelican Waters

  • Shelly Beach

  • Sippy Downs

  • Warana

  • Wurtulla

Fairfield

  • Annerley

  • Fairfield

  • Yeerongpilly

  • Yeronga

Queensland Police are yet to interview the Melbourne couple who travelled north through NSW to Queensland without a travel exemption.

The state reported one new case on Monday, however it was acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine. 

There were seven overseas acquired cases on Sunday and one on Saturday. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is given the her COVID-19 vaccination by clinical nurse Dawn Pedder. Source: AAP
There were no new locally acquired cases reported in Queensland on Monday. Source: AAP

GPs to give Covid vaccines at home

GPs have been given the green light to visit people at home or in disability or aged care facilities in a bid to fast-track the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

So far 5.9 million vaccinations have been provided nationally, but there are still concerns many of the most vulnerable Australians have not been vaccinated.

Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters on Monday the government had reached agreement with medical groups on a home visitation payment program with a specific Medicare item.

Doctors would be able to visit elderly, frail or immobile people in their homes or in residential facilities.

"That in-home visitation fee will exist to provide access for all of Australia's 30,000 plus GPs to choose if they so wish to be part of the program," Mr Hunt said.

The minister said all aged care facilities had now received a first dose visit and 94 per cent of facilities had received second dose visits.

With AAP

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