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Australia Traces of COVID-19 detected in wastewater at Carole Park, Ipswich as Queensland records two new coronavirus cases

06:15  28 october  2020
06:15  28 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Traces of COVID- 19 have been detected in wastewater at Carole Park in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the result was concerning due to the unknown cause of the positive results.

"We have had several weeks worth of negative results at this wastewater testing location since the Brisbane Youth Detention cluster," Dr Young said.

"There is a very real possibility this wastewater result is a sign of one or more undetected positive COVID-19 cases in the Ipswich community, and we are treating this seriously."

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Dr Young said viral shedding from a COVID-19 case that is no longer infection could occur for several weeks after someone had recovered from the illness.

The sample was taken last week as part of a research program being undertaken by Queensland Health, the University of Queensland and the CSIRO.

Water from Ipswich, Camira, Carole Park, Ellen Grove and Springfield feeds into the treatment plant at Carole Park.

A Queensland Health spokesman said the Ipswich Hospital's Fever Clinic was ready to expand its hours if needed.

Dr Young said anyone with any symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested immediately.

"If there is a case in the community, it is critical we detect it through our testing mechanisms as quickly as possible." she said.

Meanwhile, Queensland has recorded two new cases of coronavirus in the past 24-hour testing period.

They are a 45-year-old man who returned from the Philippines and a woman in her 40s who flew in from Papua New Guinea.

Both are in quarantine in Cairns.

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