Urgent alert for thousands of Sydneysiders to get tested for coronavirus after sewage discovery 

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Hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders have been urged to get tested after coronavirus was found in sewage.

NSW Health has issued an alert for 30 suburbs in Sydney’s south-west and north-west as the state recorded an eighth consecutive day of zero cases.

Fragments of the virus were detected in samples collected on Thursday from a catchment that takes sewage of 180,000 Sydneysiders in the city’s south-west.

Affected suburbs include Leppington, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville, Denham Court, West Hoxton, Hoxton Park, Middleton Grange, Horningsea Park, Carnes Hill, Edmondson Park, Prestons and Miller.

Alert for residents in these suburbs 

Sydney’s south-west: Leppington, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville, Denham Court, West Hoxton, Hoxton Park, Middleton Grange, Horningsea Park, Carnes Hill, Edmondson Park, Prestons and Miller

 Sydney’s north-west: Quakers Hill, Castle Hill, Annangrove, Kellyville, Box Hill, Kenthurst, Glenhaven, The Ponds, Rouse Hill, North Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge, Beaumont Hills, Stanhope Gardens, Baulkham Hills, Glenwood, Bella Vista, Parklea, Acacia Gardens and Norwest

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It comes a day after more fragments were also detected in a second sewerage system on Wednesday, impacting a further 120,000 residents in Sydney’s north-west.

Suburbs include  Quakers Hill, Castle Hill, Annangrove, Kellyville, Box Hill, Kenthurst, Glenhaven, The Ponds, Rouse Hill, North Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge, Beaumont Hills, Stanhope Gardens, Baulkham Hills, Glenwood, Bella Vista, Parklea, Acacia Gardens and Norwest.

‘While detection of the virus in sewage samples could reflect the presence of older cases of COVID 19 diagnosed in these areas, 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 simply a cold,’ NSW Health said.

Residents in these areas who display the mildest of symptoms are urged to get tested.

They include a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19. 

Once you are testing, you must remain in self-isolation until you receive a negative result. 

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