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Virus alert issued for 63 Sydney suburbs

Dozens of Sydney suburbs have been put on alert after sewage surveillance detected signs of the virus in the Liverpool and Glenfield areas.Thousands of residents have now been urged to monitor for symptoms.NSW Health issued an alert on Monday, highlighting that virus fragments were detected at the two treatment plants in Sydney’s southwest.Health authorities said…

Dozens of Sydney suburbs have been put on alert after sewage surveillance detected signs of the virus in the Liverpool and Glenfield areas.

Thousands of residents have now been urged to monitor for symptoms.

NSW Health issued an alert on Monday, highlighting that virus fragments were detected at the two treatment plants in Sydney’s southwest.

Health authorities said findings could simply indicate the presence of known cases of COVID-19 that had been diagnosed in recent weeks.

“However, NSW Health is concerned there could be other active cases in the local community in people who have not been tested and who might incorrectly assume their symptoms are just a cold,” the department said.

The alert comes as NSW diagnosed two new cases, both believed to be linked to the growing BWS Berala cluster.

Both cases were found after the 8pm-cut off and will be reported in Tuesday’s numbers.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant urged people to be vigilant given the last cluster stemmed from an asymptomatic person.

“The person who entered the BWS … they had no symptoms and no reason at all to think they had a COVID infection,” Dr Chant said.

“It is really important that we all bring that to mind any time we’re out and about … someone could have COVID and that’s why we need those universal precautions of keeping that physical distancing and the mask wearing particularly in those indoor settings.

“There will be positive people in any setting you go in.

“No one knowingly spreads COVID.”

The Liverpool and Glenfield sewage treatment plants cover these suburbs:

  • Bardia
  • Hinchinbrook
  • Hoxton Park
  • Abbotsbury
  • Ingleburn
  • Prestons
  • Holsworthy
  • Edmondson Park
  • Austral
  • Cecil Park
  • Cecil Hills
  • Elizabeth Hills
  • Bonnyrigg Heights
  • Edensor Park
  • Green Valley
  • Pleasure Point
  • Casula
  • Hammondville
  • Liverpool
  • Moorebank
  • Wattle Grove
  • Miller
  • Cartwright
  • Lurnea
  • Warwick Farm
  • Chipping Norton
  • Voyager Point
  • Macquarie Links
  • Glenfield
  • Catherine Field
  • Gledswood Hills
  • Leppington
  • West Hoxton
  • Horningsea Park
  • Middleton Grange
  • Len Waters Estate
  • Carnes Hill
  • Denham Court
  • Airds
  • Ambarvale
  • Appin
  • Blair Athol
  • Blairmount
  • Bow Bowing
  • Bradbury
  • Campbelltown
  • Claymore
  • Eagle Vale
  • Englorie Park
  • Eschol Park
  • Glen Alpine
  • Kearns
  • Leumeah
  • Macquarie Fields
  • Menangle Park
  • Minto
  • Raby
  • Rosemeadow
  • Ruse
  • St Andrews
  • St Helens Park
  • Varroville
  • Woodbine

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