A Woolworths supermarket and a McDonald’s restaurant in Victoria have been forced to close their doors for deep cleaning after staff members tested positive for coronavirus.
McDonald’s in Horsham, northwest of Melbourne, was closed on Tuesday night to undergo deep cleaning after a staff member was confirmed to have COVID-19.
The worker is now in isolation at home and other staff who came in contact with the affected employee are being advised to self-isolate and seek medical attention if they feel unwell.
The restaurant reopened on Wednesday morning, with McDonald’s stating: “Every day, in every shift across all our restaurants, our employees continue to follow strict cleaning, sanitisation, quality control and hygiene procedures.”
Similarly, a Woolworths store shut its doors on Tuesday night to undergo deep cleaning after an employee contracted the virus.
The worker had completed shifts at the Parkmore Shopping Centre in Keysborough, southeast of Melbourne, on July 15 between 2.45pm and 8pm, and July 18 from 4pm to 7pm.
The Woolies staffer and others in close contact to them are now in isolation.
Parkmore Shopping Centre shared the news on their Facebook page, adding centre management is working with NSW Health and have implemented heightened cleaning regimes.
Victoria announces record number of new cases
Victoria recorded 484 new COVID cases on Wednesday – its highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic.
Premier Daniel Andrews also confirmed the death of two men in their 90s, bringing the state's death toll from the virus to 44 and the national toll to 128.
The alarming total for the state surpasses Australia’s worst day for cases on its own, higher than the nation’s 460 cases recorded on March 28.
Victoria’s previous record total was on Friday when the state confirmed a further 428 cases.