It has been another day of no local cases of coronavirus in NSW, but an urgent warning has been issued to thousands of residents in Sydney’s west.
Fragments of COVID-19 have been detected in the sewage at treatment plants in Camellia and Auburn.
The plants serve 180,000 residents across 33 suburbs prompting the health department to issue an urgent warning.
“While this likely reflects known recent confirmed cases in these areas, NSW Health urges everyone living or working there to monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate immediately if they appear,” the department said in a statement.
The suburbs on alert include: Lidcombe, Rookwood, Strathfield, Homebush West, Chullora, Rydalmere, Camellia, Rosehill, Silverwater, Clyde, Newington, Sydney Olympic Park, Bankstown, Yagoona, Bass Hill, Sefton, Birrong, Potts Hill, Condell Park, Chester Hill, Old Guildford, Berala, Guildford, South Granville, Auburn, Regents Park, Merrylands, Parramatta, Holroyd, Granville, Harris Park, Merrylands West, and Guildford West.
The news comes as the NSW Government is expected to decide on whether further restrictions will be eased during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Earlier in the week NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged that the city could return to “pre-Avalon” outbreak conditions soon depending on case numbers and testing figures.
Speaking to 2GB on Friday, NSW health minister Brad Hazzard said chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant and health officials don’t want to be “jumping too soon and having to reverse things”.
But he said changes could be made.
“Hopefully things go well (at the cabinet meeting). We might get Dr Chant around to agreeing with the government that there could be some changes,” he said.
One new infection was recorded in hotel quarantine.