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‘Very strong’ reading of coronavirus in wastewater from Adelaide’s CBD during festival season



South Australian health authorities say testing of Adelaide’s wastewater has returned a “very strong” positive result for COVID–19.

SA Health says the result is still being investigated, with the detected virus possibly coming from a medi-hotel resident or an old case who is still “shedding”.

But Deputy Public Health Officer Chris Lease said it was a timely reminder that people with symptoms should be tested, with numbers dropping in recent times.

Dr Lease said the “very strong reading” came from the north-eastern part of Adelaide’s CBD, north of Pirie Street.

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SA Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr Chris Lease.(

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The city is currently celebrating the Adelaide Festival, the Fringe festival and WOMADelaide, with authorities…

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