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Coronavirus Australia: Alert as infection found in NSW town sewage

A coronavirus alert has been issued for the New South Wales town of Batemans Bay after fragments of the virus were found in wastewater. 

The alert follows New South Wales reporting zero new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday – the 13th consecutive day of no local cases for the state. 

The coastal town of Batemans Bay is located roughly three hours south of Sydney with the town’s sewage treatment plant servicing a population of 21,000 people. 

The alert follows New South Wales reporting zero new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday - the 13th consecutive day of no local cases for the state (pictured is the Bondi testing clinic)

The alert follows New South Wales reporting zero new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday – the 13th consecutive day of no local cases for the state (pictured is the Bondi testing clinic) 

A coronavirus alert has been issued for the New South Wales town of Batemans Bay (pictured) after fragments of the virus were found in wastewater

A coronavirus alert has been issued for the New South Wales town of Batemans Bay (pictured) after fragments of the virus were found in wastewater 

The fragments were detected as part of the state’s sewage surveillance program. 

Anyone who is experiencing even the most mildest of symptoms is urged to get tested and self-isolate until test results arrive. 

‘Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in samples taken on Tuesday 17 November,’ NSW Health tweeted on Friday. 

‘While this positive result may be explained by a previous case who is no longer infectious, as a precaution, NSW Health is calling on people in the Batemans Bay area to get tested if they have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms,’ 

New South Wales reported no new local cases of coronavirus on Friday and three cases were reported in travellers in hotel quarantine. 

The streak marks the longest run of days in the coronavirus pandemic in which NSW has recorded zero COVID-19 cases – since 12 days were reached on October 7. 

The fragments were detected as part of the state's sewage surveillance program (pictured()

The fragments were detected as part of the state’s sewage surveillance program (pictured()

The total number of cases in New South Wales since March is 4,328 while in the last 24 hours NSW Health conducted 18,391 tests. 

Also on Friday, NSW Health said that anyone who has been to South Australia since November 6 should monitor the advice of SAHealth and get tested if they have even mild symptoms. 

Travelers arriving from SA into NSW are also required to fill out a declaration form.  

If they have been to any declared ‘areas of concern’ in South Australia they can only enter NSW if they are returning residents and must self-isolate for 14 days. 

Police officers are seen in Adelaide's CBD as lockdown begun on Thursday (pictured) after the surprise coronavirus outbreak hit the city

Police officers are seen in Adelaide’s CBD as lockdown begun on Thursday (pictured) after the surprise coronavirus outbreak hit the city

An empty Rundle Mall on the first day of a COVID-19 lockdown in Adelaide on Thursday

An empty Rundle Mall on the first day of a COVID-19 lockdown in Adelaide on Thursday

SOUTH AUSTRALIA AREAS OF CONCERN AS DECLARED BY NSW 

Roma Mitchell Secondary College, Gepps Cross Thursday 12 November to Friday 13 November

Thomas More College, Salisbury Downs Thursday 12 November to Friday 13 November

Woodville Pizza Bar, 58 Woodville Road Friday 6 November to Monday 16 November (including people who ordered takeaway or delivery)

Lyell McEwin Hospital Emergency Department 5:30pm on Friday 13 November to 8am Saturday 14 November

Mawson Lake School and Preschool Wednesday 11 November to Friday 13 November

The Aquadome, Elizabeth 11am to 1:30pm on Saturday 14 November

Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre, Parafield Gardens Friday 13 November

Holy Family Catholic School, Parafield Gardens Friday 13 November

Mount Carmel College, Rosewater Thursday 12 November to Friday 13 November

Alive Catholic ELC, Parafield Gardens Friday 13 November  

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