COVID-19: Mystery as coronavirus is found in sewage in major Queensland city

Mystery as coronavirus is found in sewage in major Queensland city - even though there are NO cases of the disease in the area Seventeen suburbs on high alert after traces of COVID-19 were found in sewage Cairns, Far North Queensland, has not had a case of coronavirus for months People in the area urged to get tested if they experience COVID-19 symptoms 

By Claudia Poposki For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 14:02 GMT, 25 November 2020 | Updated: 14:02 GMT, 25 November 2020

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Seventeen suburbs have been put on high alert after traces of COVID-19 was found in a sewage catchment.

Cairns, Far North Queensland, currently has no cases of COVID-19 and has only recorded 35 since the pandemic began.

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In all of the Queensland, there are 14 active cases left - all long-term patients in hospital. 

But traces of the virus in sewage suggests there may be unknown cases still in the area.

People in the area have been urged to get tested if they experience symptoms after the sample from November 17 came back positive.  

Cairns, Far North Queensland, currently has no cases of COVID-19 but traces of the virus suggests there may be unknown cases (pictured, man taking sewage sample)

Cairns, Far North Queensland, currently has no cases of COVID-19 but traces of the virus suggests there may be unknown cases (pictured, man taking sewage sample)

The wastewater plant serves the suburbs of Aeroglen, Barron, Brinsmead, Cairns City, Cairns

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