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Australia news LIVE: NSW COVID-19 cases soar as Victoria fights to keep Delta under control

There are concerns coronavirus could be circulating unchecked in northern NSW.

Last night, state health authorities revealed COVID-19 fragments had been detected in sewage from the Byron Bay area.

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

“There are no known cases in this area, which is of great concern,” NSW Health said in a statement.

Health authorities are urging anyone living in the area to be “especially vigilant” for COVID-19 symptoms and, if they arise, immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.

“If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolated again.”

While Queensland’s border with all of NSW is now in effect, it’s worth noting that Byron Bay is part of the border bubble (meaning residents can travel to Queensland for work, healthcare, etc.).

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