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Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases, as COVID-19 fragments detected in suburban wastewater

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

Key points:

  • Viral fragments have been found in wastewater around Lilydale and Olinda
  • There have also been wastewater fragments found in Melbourne’s outer west
  • 3,762 Victorians have been vaccinated since the program started last Monday

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 was no change from Saturday.

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

More coronavirus fragments detected in Melbourne wastewater

Coronavirus fragments have been detected in wastewater in Lilydale and surrounding suburbs in Melbourne’s outer north-east.

The Health Department said viral fragments were found in a wastewater sample collected on February 25 with no known people in the area who have recently had COVID-19.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested, especially if they live in or have visited these areas from February 23 to 25: Lilydale, Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Kalorama, Olinda, Montrose, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Yarra Glen, and Yering.

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

Earlier, the department said coronavirus viral fragments were detected in a wastewater sample collected on February 22 and had 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.

Victoria at 3,762 vaccinations 

A total of 149 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria, according to a media release from the Chief Health Officer.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria since the program started on Monday 22 February to 3,762.

Victorians with the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 are being prioritised for the vaccine, including hotel quarantine and health hotel workers, airport and port workers, and frontline health staff in COVID-19 screening clinics, specialist COVID-19 wards, intensive care units, emergency departments and more.

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Posted 1dday agoSatSaturday 27 FebFebruary 2021 at 10:38pm, updated YesterdaySunSunday 28 FebFebruary 2021 at 5:59am

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