COVID-19 fragments have been detected in Queensland wastewater for the second-straight day, sparking an alert for 61 suburbs.
Queensland Health says the fragments have been discovered at wastewater treatment plants in Bundaberg and South Brisbane (Gibson Island).
The catchment areas of the two plants includes 61 suburbs.
The discovery on Friday has sparked Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young to remind people with coronavirus symptoms to get tested.
The symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and loss of taste or smell.
“We can’t be complacent. We’re still in this pandemic,” she said.
“It is critical we detect any cases that we may not be aware of as quickly as possible through our testing system, to contain any potential spread.
“We are concerned by the new variants that are emerging overseas that are more contagious than previous variants we have seen in Queensland.
“It’s also possible that this detection relates to previous COVID-19 cases that can shed viral fragments for a couple of months after they are no longer infectious.”
On Thursday, nearly 50 suburbs were placed on alert after wastewater testing found fragments of the virus.
They were detected at the Cairns North, Marlin Coast, Fairfield and Mackay South wastewater treatment plants.
Friday alert suburbs
- Avenell Heights
- Bundaberg Central
- Bundaberg East
- Bundaberg North
- Bundaberg South
- Bundaberg West
- Mon Repos
- Svensson Heights
- Camp Hill
- Cannon Hill
- Carina Heights
- Eight Mile Plains
- Holland Park
- Manly West
- Mount Gravatt
- Mount Gravatt East
- Seven Hills
- Sunnybank Hills
- Upper Mount Gravatt
- Wynnum West