Woolworths among exposure sites as new Covid case emerges in Victoria

·News Reporter
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Exposure sites visited by the latest case of coronavirus in Victoria have been revealed by health authorities. 

Anyone who visited the Curry Vault Indian Restaurant and Bar in the Melbourne CBD between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Friday should get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days. 

The same rules apply to anyone who visited the Indiagate Spices and Groceries store in Epping between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday, and TIC Group (front office) in Altona North all day on Thursday.

Woolworths Epping was visited by the positive case between 5.40pm and 6.38pm on Saturday, 8 May. Source: Google Maps
Woolworths Epping was visited by the positive case between 5.40pm and 6.38pm on Saturday, 8 May. Source: Google Maps

The man also visited Woolworths in Epping between 5.40pm and 6.38pm on Saturday, with anyone there at the specific time urged to also get tested and isolate for 14 days. 

A separate list has been revealed of "tier two" locations where people need to be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

The warehouse section of TIC Group in Altona North all day on Thursday was included in the tier two list, along with 7Eleven in Epping between 6.30pm and 7.00pm on Thursday.

The same 7Eleven was also a potential exposure site on Saturday between 11.10am and 11.40am. 

The announcement followed the positive test result of a man in his 30s after completing two weeks of hotel quarantine in South Australia and returning to Melbourne on May 4.

People walk on a path in Melbourne.
The new positive test was revealed by Victorian authorities on Tuesday morning. Source: Getty

The man had flown into Adelaide from India via The Maldives and Singapore. 

Authorities revealed his positive test on Tuesday morning and said contact tracers were working to establish exposure sites while he and his household contacts isolated.

Three household contacts of the man, who lives in Wollert, north of the CBD, have returned a negative test, which Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said was a promising indicator.

"It's an early encouraging sign that the household close contacts have tested negative," Prof Sutton told reporters. 

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The man was at home with them while symptomatic since the eighth day of his infection, and "probably infectious from the sixth" he added. 

"It is now the eleventh and there have been no positive cases to arise. But that is not the full incubation period. So it may well be that some of those close contacts test positive," Prof Sutton said.

"That gives an indication of the infectiousness of the individual and then we would really be pushing the message for anyone who has, especially around Wollert and Epping areas, to be absolutely alert to symptoms and getting tested."

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