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COVID-19 fragments in Sydney and beyond prompt call for increased vigilance

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NSW Health are encouraging residents of North Sydney, parts of the South Coast and the Newcastle area to look out for symptoms, after wastewater samples tested positive to COVID-19.

Sewage surveillance in Allambie Heights, Merimbula, and Burwood Beach returned positive readings, affecting the following suburbs:

  • Allambie Heights
  • Balgowlah
  • Curl Curl
  • North Curl Curl
  • North Manly
  • Freshwater
  • Collaroy
  • Collaroy Plateau
  • Narrabeen
  • Wheeler Heights
  • Oxford Falls
  • Dee Why
  • Cromer
  • Beacon Hill
  • Narraweena
  • Brookvale
  • Frenchs Forest
  • Merimbula
  • Newcastle City

The catchments serve approximately 323,400 people.

While the results can include the shedding of viral loads from non-infectious people who have recently recovered from the virus, health authorities are concerned undetected transmission could be occurring.

Sydney Water spokesperson Maryanne Graham told Jim Wilson COVID-19 testing is simply the latest addition to the water surveillance program.

“As restrictions lift … it will be a frontline defence against otherwise undetectable COVID-19 cases.”

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