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Traces of COVID-19 detected in wastewater in Ipswich

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The sample was taken from a treatment plant on October 22

Traces of COVID-19 have been found in wastewater at Carole Park in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

The sample was taken from a treatment plant on October 22 as part of a research program to test sewage for coronavirus.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the detection was a concern.

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"We have had several weeks worth of negative results at this wastewater testing location since the Brisbane Youth Detention cluster," Dr Young said.

"There is a very real possibility this wastewater result is a sign of one or more undetected positive COVID-19 cases in the Ipswich community, and we are treating this seriously."

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

A woman in her 40s who flew in from Papua New Guinea and a 45-year-old man who returned from the Philippines are now both in quarantine in Cairns.

Source: 9News

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