Scott Morrison – Qld goes 19 days without a community COVID case, but sewage test concern grows
Queensland authorities have notched up 19 days without a community transmitted case of COVID-19, with no new infections reported in the state on Saturday.
A total of 6139 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in an update on social media, after concern from the state’s top doctor about viral fragments found in wastewater.
In the past two weeks, traces of the virus have been found in 16 sewage catchments across the state. People who are no longer infectious may continue to shed the virus for months.
In a statement late on Friday, acting Chief Health Officer Sonya Bennett said an increasing number of detections in the state’s populated south-east corner were concerning and could indicate an undetected case.