Sydney coronavirus: West Hornsby catchment detects Covid-19 in sewerage, 14 ...

Sydneysiders in 14 suburbs are put on coronavirus alert after the killer disease was discovered in sewage Traces of Covid-19 have been detected in the West Hornsby Treatment Plant Fourteen suburbs including Pennant Hills, Casle Hill and Hornsby are on alert  NSW Health is concerned there are active cases among people who are untested

By Shive Prema and Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 06:36 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 06:36 GMT, 13 January 2021

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Sydneysiders in 14 suburbs have been urged to monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 and get tested if they appear after the virus was detected in sewerage.

NSW Health issued the warning on Wednesday after their sewerage surveillance program detected fragments of the virus at the West Hornsby Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sydney's northwest.   

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This catchment takes in the suburbs of Glenorie, Wahroonga, Thornleigh, Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Galston, Dural, Westleigh, Glenhaven, Waitara, Hornsby, Normanhurst and West Pennant Hills. 

Socially-distanced office workers in Sydney on Wednesday. NSW Health issued the warning on Wednesday after their sewerage surveillance program detected fragments of the virus at the West Hornsby Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sydney's northwest

Socially-distanced office workers in Sydney on Wednesday. NSW Health issued the warning on Wednesday after their sewerage surveillance program detected fragments of the virus at the West Hornsby Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sydney's northwest

'Everyone in these areas is asked to be alert for symptoms, to get tested immediately if they appear and then isolate until they receive a negative result,' NSW Health said. 

'The presence of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage may reflect the presence of known cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in recent weeks in the areas served by this sewage treatment plant. 

'However, NSW Health is concerned there could be other active cases in the local community in people who have not been tested and who might incorrectly assume their symptoms are just a cold.' 

New South Wales recorded only one new local case of coronavirus on Wednesday.  

The case is linked to the Berala cluster in western Sydney and is a close contact of previously reported cases.  

Premier Gladys Berejiklian was confident the cluster had been contained, saying: 'We are definitely in the mop-up stage.' 

A health care worker is seen at a COVID-19 pop up testing clinic at Castle Hill Showground There were 20,664 tests reported to 8pm on Tuesday night, compared with the previous day's total of 14,738

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A health care worker is seen at a COVID-19 pop

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