Coronavirus: IKEA and Westfield shoppers warned as NSW records 18 new cases

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·3-min read

People who visited a busy IKEA store are being warned to be on alert after an individual who tested positive for coronavirus was found to have shopped there.

NSW Health confirmed 18 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including two locally acquired without a known source.

Rhodes IKEA, in Sydney’s inner west, has been added to a list of venues visited by people who later tested positive – with shoppers who attended the store on Saturday, August 8 between 1.20pm and 2.20pm advised to isolate, monitor and test for COVID-19 should they acquire even just mild symptoms.

Pictured is a red car driving up a ramp towards IKEA and Rhodes Shopping Centre in Sydney.
Shoppers who visited IKEA Rhodes on August 8 should monitor for coronavirus symptoms. Source: Google Maps

People who visited the Baby Bunting store in Penrith, west of Sydney, on August 8 between 1.15pm and 1.45pm are also urged to monitor themselves for coronavirus symptoms.

It comes after customers who visited Parramatta Westfield on August 5 between 4pm and 5.30pm and August 8 between 12pm and 1pm were warned a shopper tested positive.

Those who visited Castle Towers Shopping Centre and Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club on August 7 between 3.30pm to 5pm and 5pm to 1.30am on August 8 respectively should also be on alert.

Pair go out for dinner while infected

NSW Health said in a statement two people were infected with coronavirus when they went out for dinner on August 8 to the Wildginger restaurant in Huskisson, on the South Coast, between 7.45pm and 10.30pm.

They are linked to the Tangara School for Girls cluster in Cherrybrook, 200km north of Huskisson.

“Patrons and staff who were at the venue during this time must self-isolate for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19,” the statement said.

Pictured is a street view of the wildginger restaurant in Huskisson.
Two people ate dinner at the Wildginger restaurant on August 8 while infected with coronavirus. Source: Google Maps

A second healthcare worker at Hornsby Hospital has also been diagnosed with coronavirus, but they were not at work while infectious.

There are now 116 cases linked to the Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster and 68 linked to the funeral events in Bankstown and surrounding suburbs cluster.

Eleven cases have been linked to the Batemans Bay Solders’ Club cluster and 19 to the Tangara School Cherrybrook cluster.

There has been a third case identified at Our Lady of Mercy College, but it was not linked to the two earlier cases and the source of infection is unknown.

There are concerns of the virus spreading through the school so it will close for 14 days to allow time for contact tracing and to reduce the risk of spread.

Students and staff must self-isolate for the duration of the closure.

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