COVID-19 viral fragments found in wastewater

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VIRAL fragments of coronavirus have been detected in wastewater from Carrum Downs and Langwarrin.

The Department of Health announced on 18 February that its wastewater monitoring program found viral fragments of COVID-19 in multiple south-eastern suburbs. People who have been in Carrum Downs, Skye, or Langwarrin between 13 February to 16 February have been asked to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

“Victorians with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms are being urged to get tested following the detection of viral fragments in Victoria’s expanded wastewater monitoring program,” the DHHS website reads.

“Weak detections of viral fragments have been found in a wastewater sample collected on 15 February from the Wantirna South and Boronia area, and in samples collected on 16 February in the Carrum Downs and Langwarrin area, and in the St Kilda, Caulfield and Caulfield North area.”

The announcement came the day after Victoria moved out of its snap five day lockdown.

Schools, restaurants, and retail shops have reopened, but some restrictions still remain. Only five people per day are allowed to visit your home, public gatherings are limited to 20, and face masks must continue to be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you cannot physically distance.

First published in the Frankston Times – 23 February 2021

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