Gold Coast on COVID alert after virus detected in wastewater

Gold Coasters are being urged to remain vigilant and get tested if they develop any COVID symptoms after fragments of the virus were detected in the city’s sewage.

While it’s not the first time that has happened, health officials are especially nervous this time given the unfolding COVID situation in Sydney.

Fragments of the virus have also been detected in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.


Officials say it could simply be people shedding the virus after previously being diagnosed.

But more worryingly, it could be a sign that there are undetected cases of coronavirus in the community.

There were long queues at fever clinics across the Gold Coast on Saturday which is expected to be repeated again today.

Waits of at least two hours were reported at the Gold Coast University Hospital clinic.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says it’s more crucial than ever that people heed the warnings.

“If any of us develop any symptoms, please immediately come forward, get tested at one of our many fever clinics across the state, and stay at home until you get a negative result. That is critically important,” Dr Young said. 

It comes as Queensland recorded two new cases overnight, both returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

There are currently 11 active cases across the state.