By Lauren Ferri For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 07:22 BST, 11 August 2020 | Updated: 07:22 BST, 11 August 2020
Experts fear that there could be hundreds of undetected coronavirus cases in Newcastle, as sewage testing showed significant traces of COVID-19.
Tests on 200,000 samples showed a high presence of the virus in sewage across Newcastle and its surrounding suburbs, 162km north of Sydney.
The testing result indicated there were large numbers of people in the city who are carrying the virus undetected, as Newcastle has had only three confirmed cases: two male teenagers and a man in his 20s who are close contacts of each other.
Hunter New England Health's Public Health Controller for the COVID-19 response, Dr David Durrheim said the results were unexpected and showed how vulnerable the city is to a major outbreak.
NSW Health is conducting the research to support the public health response to the pandemic and has found someone who has been infected is shedding the virus (Sewage testing stock)
'With recent cases of COVID-19 identified in this wastewater catchment it's really important that anyone with symptoms in these communities gets tested,' Dr Durrheim said.
Many people carrying COVID-19 are unaware they have it, as they are asymptomatic or have only minor, cold-like symptoms, but the