NSW Health is again calling for people in southwest Sydney to come forward for COVID-19 testing, after traces of the virus were detected in sewage from the area.

Authorities have been concerned that a low level of community transmission has been simmering in the area for months.

NSW reported two new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 on Tuesday from 6438 tests

The two locally acquired cases were household contacts of previously reported cases linked to the Oran Park community cluster, and have been in isolation. There are now 25 cases linked to that cluster in Sydney’s southwest.

NSW notched up three million virus tests since January on Tuesday, but with test numbers down, NSW Health again urged more people to present for testing.

“When we have high numbers of people continuing to get tested, that allows us to detect cases in the community earlier and prevent onward transmission,” NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

Remnants of COVID-19 in raw sewage from Bathurst were also detected last week, and NSW Health is still calling on anyone who attended the Bathurst 1000 motor race, and local residents with any COVID-19 symptoms, to get tested.


It comes as the Tasmanian government announced plans to reopen to NSW on November 6, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hosed down talk of opening up the state to Victoria in the immediate future.