Coronavirus: Kmart and Woolworths shoppers at Westfield warned

Louise Cheer
·News Editor
·2-min read

Westfield shoppers in Sydney have been warned to get tested if they develop symptoms, no matter how slight, after a known coronavirus case went to the shopping centre.

NSW Health says people who were at Westfield Burwood, in Sydney’s inner west, on Thursday, August 20 between 6pm and 7pm are considered to be “casual contacts” of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

The infected person was inside Kmart and Woolworths between 6.30pm and 7pm that same day, and also attended Service NSW Burwood between 2.30pm and 3pm on Friday, August 21.

If people develop symptoms, immediately isolate and get tested, NSW Health says.

This new warning comes as four new cases were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,796.

Westfield Burwood shoppers have been issued a coronavirus warning. Pictured is a Google Maps image of the shopping centre in Sydney.
Westfield Burwood shoppers have been issued a coronavirus warning. Source: Google Maps, file

These cases included two who acquired the virus overseas and were in hotel quarantine, and one is a household contact of a previously confirmed infection linked to the Apollo restaurant cluster.

The last infection was a security guard who worked at the Marriott Hotel at Sydney’s Circular Quay following an earlier case detected in a worker reported on August 18.

Contact tracing and investigations into the source of infection of the new case, including potential links to the previously reported case, are continuing.

There is no indication of additional risk to the community from the hotel while it was operating for people in quarantine from overseas, according to NSW Health.

There are currently 90 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health including seven in intensive care, five of which are ventilated.

NSW Health said 86 per cent of cases being treated are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

While case numbers have remained low in NSW this week, the virus continues to circulate in the community, prompting warnings for vigilance to be maintained.

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