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Urgent alert as 'unexpected' Covid fragments found in sewage at Melbourne suburb of Camberwell

Residents of an inner-Melbourne suburb have been asked to stay vigilant for Covid symptoms after detection of the virus in wastewater in Thursday morning.

Samples taken on July 26 and 27 earlier this week in the Camberwell area detected traces of the virus, Victoria's acting chief health officer Ben Cowie said this morning.

'People in the Camberwell region, if you have the mildest of symptoms, please go and get tested for Covid-19,' Cowie said.

Victorian Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie speaks to the media during a Covid press conference in Melbourne on Thursday morning

People are tested at a drivethrough Covid testing site at Albert Park, Melbourne, earlier this week

It was not immediately clear whether the wastewater detection resulted from an active case in the area or a person still shedding the virus despite no longer being infectious. 

'The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system, and a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found,' Victoria's health department said.   

Victoria announced seven new Covid cases in the 24 hours to midnight last night, including a man who worked at a testing site and is not positive to the virus and has not been linked to any known outbreaks. 

The man, a traffic controller at the Moonee Valley Racecourse tested site, tested positive on Wednesday, two days after developing symptoms, Victorian health minister Martin Foley said on Thursday. 

The testing site was immediately closed after the mean's positive test and staff were advised to self-isolate.

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