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Warning to shoppers after man with coronavirus went to Woolworths

A man with coronavirus in Tasmania went grocery shopping when he was meant to be in self-isolation at home.

The 40-year-old, who had travelled to Iran, returned a positive test to the virus on Monday and has been in isolation in hospital since.

State health authorities say the man went to Woolworths at Wellington Street in Launceston on Sunday at 10pm for about 15 minutes on his way home after being tested in hospital.

A general view of a Woolworths store at Double Bay in Sydney.
A man who was diagnosed with coronavirus visited Woolworths. Source: AAP (file pic)

"The man visited the supermarket after being told of the requirements of self-quarantine," Public Health Director Mark Veitch told reporters on Wednesday.

"The risk to anyone who was in the supermarket at that time is very low.

"However, it is appropriate to fully inform staff and customers who were there."

Mr Veitch has urged anyone who was at the supermarket at that time to visit their GP or hospital if they feel unwell.

The man remains the only person with coronavirus in Tasmania. As of Wednesday, 15 people have it in NSW, 11 in Queensland, 10 in Victoria, three in South Australia and two in Western Australia.

No one in the Northern Territory has been diagnosed with the virus at this stage.

“It is disappointing that the man did not follow the self-quarantine requirements,” Mr Veitch told reporters.

Passengers arrive at Sydney International Airport wearing face masks.
Passengers arrive at Sydney International Airport wearing masks. Source: Getty Images

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