Several “repeated unexpected” wastewater discoveries have triggered alarms that Covid infections could spread “undetected” in the regions of Victoria.
Coronavirus infections could spread “undetected” over the regional Victoria, the health authorities have announced.
The health department has sounded the alarm over several “repeatedly unexpected” discoveries of Covid-19 in wastewater samples across the Victoria region.
The department said virus fragments had been discovered in the sewage of Wonthaggi, Portland, Cobram, Swan Hill, Ballarat, Apollo Bay and Aireys Inlet – an area that stretches for nearly 500 km.
“The discoveries could be one or more undiscovered new cases or the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from Covid-19 but are still shedding the virus,” the health department said.
They have urged anyone who lives, works, or has visited in the areas to look out for symptoms and get tested as soon as they develop.
Regional Victoria recorded 122 of the state’s 1,612 new cases on Monday.
Local counties of Mildura with 36 cases, Baw Baw with 18, Latrobe with 16 and Shepparton with 15 had the highest spikes in the Victoria area on Monday.
Department of Health Assistant Secretary Naomi Bromley said 8 percent of the state’s new cases have now occurred in regional areas.
The unexpected Covid-19 sewage discoveries were made in Wonthaggi between October 4th and 8th, Portland between September 29th and October 7th, Cobram between September 29th and October 7th, Swan Hill between September 29th and October 7th. September and October 7th, Ballarat including parts of Mitchell Park and Wendouree from October 3rd to 7th, Apollo Bay from September 28th to October 6th and Aireys Inlet from September 15th to October 4th.
There are 19,012 active cases in Victoria.
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