NSW COVID cases surge, Victoria COVID cases surge, Sydney, Melbourne, Orange, SA continue lockdown, Scott Morrison urges AstraZeneca

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There are fears of the coronavirus spreading unchecked in northern New South Wales.

Last night, government health authorities revealed the discovery of COVID-19 fragments in wastewater from the Byron Bay area.

The sewage plant where the fragments were detected serves about 19,000 people in Byron Bay and the surrounding Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise and Broken Head areas.

“There are no known cases in this area, which is very concerning,” NSW Health said in a statement.

Health authorities are urging anyone living in the area to be “particularly vigil” for symptoms of COVID-19 and, if they appear, immediately apply for testing and isolation until a negative result is obtained.

“If symptoms appear again, please do the test and isolate again.”

While Queensland’s border with New South Wales is now in place, it is worth noting that Byron Bay is part of the border bubble (which means residents can travel to Queensland for work, healthcare, etc.).

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