Viral fragments found in Victoria wastewater for second day in a row
For the second time in as many days, viral fragments of coronavirus have been found in three Victorian communities.
The new fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from Castlemaine, Cowes and Pakenham on January 27.
But it’s not clear if the weak positive detection is due to an active infectious case or to people who have recovered and are shedding the virus, the report from the Victorian Chief Health Officer said.
Anyone who lives in or has visited Cowes, Castlemaine or Pakenham from January 25 to 27 should get tested, no matter how mild their symptoms are.
Yesterday the health department reported viral fragments had also been found at Leongatha, Gisborne and Hamilton.
Anyone in Gisborne from January 24-25, Hamilton between January 25-27 and Leongatha from January 17-19 should be tested.
Wastewater samples are taken at least weekly from 95 locations across the state.
There was one new case of coronavirus in a returned traveller who is identified as a woman in her 20s who works as an international airline crew member.
It’s been 24 days since there was a locally-acquired case in Victoria.
Currently, there are 23 active cases of COVID-19.
Yesterday 13,702 tests were processed bringing the overall testing number in Victoria to 4.446 million.
Reporting by Kathy Lord
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