All port workers who boarded a docked ship that had COVID-positive crew members on board have tested negative for the virus.
- Travellers from WA must complete a declaration form
- Virus fragments found at sewage plants across Sydney raise concerns
- Investigatons into cases of transmission at quarantine hotels are ongoing
The 15 workers at Port Botany boarded the Inge Kosan between March 31 and April 1.
The bulk liquids ship had travelled from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea before leaving Sydney to go to Vanuatu.
New South Wales health has today confirmed that all of the workers have tested negative for COVID-19.
One crew member had died at sea and his body had washed up on a beach near Port Vila on April 11. The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed.
The shipping company has said that it “continues to provide support to the family member of our deceased colleague”.
“We have requested a copy of the autopsy report to understand what the cause of death is [which may bring some closure to the bereaved] but we have yet to receive the report”.
Virus fragments found in sewage
The news comes as authorities raise concerns that there may be undetected COVID-19 cases in the community after the virus was detected in sewerage systems across Sydney.
Positive results may indicate the presence of people who have recently recovered from the virus, NSW Health said.
The virus was found at the following treatment plants:
- Allambie Heights, which serves people in the Northern Head catchment, and includes the suburbs of Allambie Heights, Balgowlah, Curl Curl, North Curl Curl, North Manly, Freshwater, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Narrabeen, Wheeler Heights, Oxford Falls, Dee Why, Cromer, Beacon Hill, Narraweena, Brookvale, Frenchs Forest
- Merimbula, which serves about 15,000 people on the South Coast
Residents in these areas have been urged to be alert for any cold-like symptoms including a sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever or headache.
Meanwhile, NSW has recorded just one new case of COVID-19 acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine as at 8pm last night.
An investigation into the transmission of the virus between returned travellers who arrived in hotel quarantine in Sydney’s CBD on April 3 is ongoing.
No further transmission has been identified.
In response to Western Australia’s snap lockdown, anyone entering New South Wales from today is required to complete a declaration form.
People who have arrived in NSW since 12:01am this morning have been told they need to comply with the same stay-at-home restrictions that apply to the Perth and Peel regions.
NSW’s COVID-19 warning for other states
Health authorities in NSW say several people who could have been exposed to COVID-19 inside a Sydney quarantine hotel have already travelled interstate.
However, health officials have urged travellers who have visited any of the close contact venues listed on the WA Health website not to enter NSW.
Those recently returned from Melbourne are also asked to check the list of exposure sites and to follow the relevant health advice.
Two US marines are among the 10 new COVID cases recorded in the Northern Territory today and are in quarantine at Howard Springs.
In the 24 hours to 8pm last night, 8,568 tests were undertaken and 2,933 vaccines were administered.