Fears over COVID outbreak in Bega, Illawarra as Central Coast put on alert

NSW Health have issued warnings to residents in areas with no active COVID-19 cases to get tested after sewerage surveillance detected traces of the virus in southern regions and in the Illawarra.

Fragments of the coronavirus have been found in Bega and Cooma in southern NSW and Bomaderry in the Illawarra Shoalhaven area overnight with residents with symptoms urged to come forward after the state recorded 1,288 cases in the past 24 hours.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has admitted the emergence of COVID has caused health officials a “degree of concern”.

“We have had some sewage detections in areas where we don’t have cases and that causes us a degree of concern,” she said.

“So please come and get tested if you have any symptoms and isolate until you receive a negative result.”

Meanwhile, Dr Chant told residents of Greater Sydney to maintain COVID-safe practices with the suburbs of Auburn, Guildford, Merrylands, Greenacre, Punchbowl, Blacktown and Liverpool still seeing a rise in cases.

NSW’s Central Coast has also been put on high alert after the region recorded seven cases on Wednesday, all of whom were infectious in the community.