Queensland health authorities are urging people to watch for symptoms and continue testing as fragments of Covid-19 were found in wastewater 800km from Brisbane.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said sewage samples were taken from Emerald South on Sunday where fragments of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, were found.
About 14,000 people live in Emerald.
Ms D’Ath said it was possible the virus had been transmitted in a previously confirmed positive case but urged people to be vigilant.
“Please keep testing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been to Victoria or not… If you have symptoms, however mild, please come out and try, ”he said.
“We have positive sewage and wastewater in Emerald right now. We know this could be a sign of past positive cases of someone dripping more…
It comes while Queensland remains closed to Victoria, which is on the fourth day of a week of lockdown as the newest wolves in cluster 45.
There have been no new Covid-19 cases recorded in Queensland in the last 24 hours, and there have been only 14 active cases, all linked to hotel quarantine.
Full test numbers were delayed, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed at least 1794 tests at 9 p.m.