Samples of sewage taken from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast have tested positive for coronavirus.
Traces of coronavirus were found in Townsville’s sewage earlier this month, which Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said could have been from an asymptomatic person still shedding the virus.
Wastewater in Townsville, in north Queensland, has since tested negative but samples from October 12 and 13 taken at Sandgate, Maroochydore and Wynnum in the state’s south-east tested positive.
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“It could of course be someone who recently had the infection and then has gone to those places, so they’re not infectious, they’ve recovered but they’re still shedding virus, it could be that,” Dr Young said.
“But it could of course be a person that we’ve not picked up, that’s out there in the community.
“We have most recently seen, both in Victoria and New South Wales, that when they’ve had positive results in their sewage, they’ve gone out then and done more testing and they have found cases.
“That could be happening here in Queensland, so although it’s now over a month since we’ve had an infectious case in the community, we could have an infectious case again any day.”
Queensland recorded no new cases of coronavirus overnight.
The state’s total remains at 1,164 with four cases still listed as active.
More to come.