Hotel quarantine sees another 13 new Covid infections overnight sparking fears the virus cannot be contained within the facilities
- New South Wales has recorded 13 new cases of coronavirus in hotel quarantine
The state’s health department confirmed the latest numbers on Friday morning, likely Australians who have returned from India who are in the grips of a covid crisis.
There have been several reported cases of people serving their mandatory two-week hotel quarantine testing positive for the virus after catching it from other people on their floor.
Officials are scrambling to ensure hotels are appropriately designed and prepared to best combat the potential for it spreading within the facilities.
The news comes after an urgent health alert was issued on Saturday in the state after fragments of coronavirus were found in two wastewater treatment plants – with other states already on edge after Western Australia’s coronavirus ‘outbreak’.
NSW Health announced that virus fragments were discovered in the Allambie Heights facility, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and in the Merimbula facility, on the NSW South Coast.
The two NSW watewater treatment plants service roughly 100,000 people with the residents of 18 suburbs being told to watch for symptoms.
The affected suburbs are Allambie Heights, Balgowlah, Beacon Hill, Curl Curl, North Curl Curl, Brookvale, North Manly, Freshwater, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Narrabeen, Narraweena, Wheeler Heights, Oxford Falls, Dee Why, Cromer and Frenchs Forest.