Fears coronavirus could be spreading undetected through Sydney as 63 suburbs are put on alert after shock sewage find – as three new venues in the city’s west are exposed to Covid
- Fragments of the virus were found treatment plants in Liverpool and Glenfield
- The plants cover 63 suburbs including Liverpool, Glenfield and Campbelltown
- The concerns come as three new venues in the city’s west are put on alert
- A Woolworths and hair salon in Lidcombe and a cinema in Auburn are on alert
Health authorities fear Covid could be spreading undetected through Sydney after 63 suburbs were put on alert following a damning sewerage surveillance find.
Fragments of the virus were detected at two treatment plants in the Liverpool and Glenfield areas of Sydney’s west.
The plants cover 63 suburbs including Liverpool, Glenfield, Campbelltown, Casula and Ingleburn.
NSW Health said the traces could simply be known cases of the virus that have already been diagnosed in residents during the most recent outbreak.
‘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.
Fragments of the virus were detected at two sewerage treatment plants in the Liverpool and Glenfield areas of Sydney’s west
OKS Beauty and Hair in Lidcombe has also been put on alert. Anyone who visited the salon on New Year’s Eve between 10.30am 12pm must also get tested straight away and isolate for 14 days
Suburbs impacted by Liverpool and Glenfield sewage treatment traces
Len Waters Estate
St Helens Park
The concerns come as three new venues in the city’s west are put on alert after being visited by Covid-positive residents.
Anyone who attended the 10:10am screening of ‘The Croods: A New Age’ at Reading Cinema in Auburn on December 30 is a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
OKS Beauty and Hair in Lidcombe has also been put on alert. Anyone who visited the salon on New Year’s Eve between 10.30am 12pm must also get tested straight away and isolate for 14 days.
Customers or staff who attended Woolworths in Lidcombe on New Year’s Eve between 12.15pm and 3.45pm must follow the same orders.
NSW recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus cases over a designated 24-hour period for the first time in almost three weeks.
However, two new cases linked to a western Sydney bottle shop have since been registered, adding to concerns about the Berala cluster.
In the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, the state recorded only seven new cases in returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. It is the first time daily local cases have been at zero since December 15.
Despite the better news, Acting Premier John Barilaro says testing numbers are still ‘far too low’.
He has implored in western Sydney resident to attend clinics if they have the slightest of symptoms, even if they have been tested previously.
Some 22,275 people were tested in the 24-hour period ending Sunday night, up slightly from 18,923 the previous day.
NSW Health said the traces could simply be known cases of the virus that have already been diagnosed in residents during the most recent outbreak
Customers or staff who attended Woolworths in Lidcombe on New Year’s Eve between 12.15pm and 3.45pm must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days
The government wants to see 30,000 to 50,000 tests each day.
Both cases recorded overnight are linked to the BWS bottle shop in Berala.
One is a man in his 40s who visited the shop on Christmas Eve, and the other a woman in her 40s who has ‘some association’ with the Berala BWS and Woolworths, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says.
Anyone who visited the BWS or Woolworths between 12.30pm and 2pm on December 20 is urged to get tested immediately, despite the length of time that has passed and even if they do not have symptoms.
There are new alerts for the Woolworths Berala on December 24, 26, 28 and 31.
NSW Health expects more cases to emerge from the Berala cluster, which now tallies 15.