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Tarneit, Werribee and Hoppers Crossing issued COVID warning after fragments detected in wastewater

Residents and recent visitors of three suburbs in Melbourne’s west are being urged to remain on high alert for signs of COVID-19.

The Department of Health issued a fresh warning after viral fragments were detected in the inlet to the Werribee wastewater treatment plant.

The fragments were first detected in a sample collected on February 25, before independent testing confirmed the result on the Monday afternoon.

File image of Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The catchment includes samples from Tarneit, Werribee and Hoppers Crossing.

Residents and recent visitors to these areas since February 23 with even mild COVID-19 symptoms are urged to get tested.

“Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the early active infectious phase or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the early infectious period,” the Department of Health said.

However, health authorities said there are no known people in the area who have recently had COVID-19.

“Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19 is urged to get tested, especially if you live in or have visited these areas from 23 February 2021,” it said.

Victoria recorded no new locally acquired cases for a third straight day on Monday.

Eleven active cases remain including 10 locally acquired cases and one overseas acquired case.

Source : Tarneit, Werribee and Hoppers Crossing issued COVID warning after fragments detected in wastewater | 7NEWS.com.au

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