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Positive traces of coronavirus found in sewage water in Anglesea

Health authorities have traced fragments of coronavirus in the sewage of a Victorian seaside town, despite no known positive cases in the area. While announcing 13 new infections and four more deaths on Wednesday, Department of Health and Human Services testing commander Jeroen Weimar confirmed COVID-19 could be traced to a sewerage sampling site in…

Health authorities have traced fragments of coronavirus in the sewage of a Victorian seaside town, despite no known positive cases in the area.

While announcing 13 new infections and four more deaths on Wednesday, Department of Health and Human Services testing commander Jeroen Weimar confirmed COVID-19 could be traced to a sewerage sampling site in Anglesea.

“It’s been a while since there has been a known positive cases in that area so it is a cause of concern for us,” he told reporters on Wednesday morning.

“As a result we have set up an active testing at the Anglesea town hall and it will be there for the next five to six days so we encourage anyone with any symptoms whatsoever to come and get tested.

“This is either somebody who has COVID-19 in that area or someone who has passed through or someone who is not yet aware they have COVID-19.”

A similar situation occurred in Apollo Bay about a fortnight ago which led to a COVID-19 testing blitz where thousands of locals came forward for testing.

There are 31 sewage sites being sampled for fragments of coronavirus across Victoria.

Despite the concerning find the Premier was confident Victoria was on track to reopening and defeating COVID-19.

“This strategy is absolutely working and there is no greater evidence or marker of that than the rolling 14-day average which is now 16.4 for metropolitan Melbourne and 0.3 in regional Victoria,” Daniel Andrews said.

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