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Covid-19 found in Darwin sewage

- AMANDA PARKINSON

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater testing in the Berrimah area, which includes the Truck City facility.

Samples taken from the Berrimah Treatment Plant between September 24 to 28 have detected fragments of Covid-19.

A person recovering from Covid-19 or shedding the virus can still cause a positive result, the statement confirmed.

Further testing of wastewater across Darwin and in the Berrimah catchment will be undertaken to monitor the situation.

The Berrimah catchment includes Northcrest, and the Winnellie and East Arm industrial areas and port, used by freight and transport workers, some of whom travel from interstate.

Health Minister Natasha Fyles said further wastewater testing would be carried out to narrow down the source of the result.

“It could potentiall­y be a freight driver,” Ms Fyles said.

She said there was no need for a lockdown at present, but urged any Territoria­ns not yet vaccinated to get the jab.

“We have done such a great job keeping Covid out of our community but we cannot keep it out forever,” she said.

Territoria­ns and visitors are encouraged to get tested for Covid-19 if showing any symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, change in taste or smell and a sore throat.

Strict border controls are in place for all people travelling to the NT from a declared hotspot or public exposure site.

The border controls prohibit entry into the NT except for returning residents, or those with an exemption.

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