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Australia Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases, as COVID fragments detected in suburban wastewater

01:31  28 february  2021
01:31  28 february  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Victoria has recorded zero new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, the state's health department says.

Health authorities received 7,440 COVID-19 test results on Saturday, a decrease from the 10,297 processed the previous day.

No new cases were recorded in the community or hotel quarantine, but international arrivals in Victoria have been on hold for about two weeks.

There are 15 active cases in Victoria, which is no change from yesterday.

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Cases were last recorded in the state on Friday, after two primary close contacts of existing cases who were already in quarantine tested positive.

People who live in or have recently visited Melbourne's outer west and have symptoms have been urged to get tested for COVID-19 after viral fragments were detected in the wastewater catchment.

The Department of Health said viral fragments were detected in a wastewater sample collected on February 22, and have been confirmed with further testing.

The catchment includes some or all of the Melbourne suburbs of Taylors Hill, Plumpton, Hillside, Sydenham, Delahey, Caroline Springs, Burnside Heights, Kings Park, Albanvale, Burnside and Deer Park.

"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 said in an update yesterday afternoon.

'Strong positive' COVID-19 result found in SA wastewater .
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