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A quick recap of what has happened in the past few hours:

Viral fragments of Covid-19 have been detected at a sewerage plant in south-east Queensland.

Fragments were detected at the Redcliffe wastewater treatment plant yesterday, in a sample taken from the plant earlier in the week.

This does not mean we have new cases of Covid-19 in these communities, but we are treating this detection with absolute caution.

A positive sewage result means that someone who has been infected was shedding the virus. Infected people can shed viral fragments and that shedding can happen for several weeks after the person is no longer infectious.

Given the recent case of community transmission in Brisbane and the regular detection of cases in other states, I am urging anyone who feels unwell in the communities of Clontarf, Deception Bay, Kippa-Ring, Margate, Newport, Redcliffe, Rothwell, Scarborough and Woody Point to get tested and isolate …

If there is a case we are not yet aware of, it is critical we detect it through our testing mechanisms as quickly as possible to contain any potential spread.

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Read the original article at The Guardian

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