As restrictions were eased across the state on Saturday, health authorities announced the discovery of viral fragments in a wastewater catchment affecting 11 suburbs in Melbourne’s west.
Residents in Melbournes west have been put on alert after coronavirus fragments were detected in the wastewater catchment of eleven suburbs earlier this week.
Victoria recorded zero new coronavirus cases on Saturday and state-wide restrictions were eased in a move public health experts hope will mark the first steps towards regular life.
Weak fragments were found on Monday in the wastewater catchment for Taylors Hill, Plumpton, Hillside, Sydenham, Delahey, Caroline Springs, Burnside Heights, Kings Park, Albanvale, Burnside and Deer Park.
The Department of Health stated on Saturday that further testing had confirmed the existence of the viral fragments and called on anyone in the citys west with any symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested.
Although fragments may indicate a historic case of viral shedding, they have in the past been linked to active cases.