Urgent COVID-19 health alert for IKEA Marsden Park as calls grow for tougher Sydney lockdown

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The IKEA at Marsden Park has been added to Sydney’s ballooning list of exposure site as the Australian Medical Association calls on the New South Wales government to impose a harsher lockdown.  

The Australian Medical Association has called on the New South Wales government to impose a tougher lockdown for Greater Sydney as the number of residents forced to quarantine after visiting exposure sites continues to grow.   

The IKEA at Marsden Park, Coles at Westfield Hurstville, Woolworths in Emu Plains, Service NSW centre in Liverpool and Al Sultan Butchery in Lakemba were all identified as close contact venues by NSW Health on Friday evening. 

Anyone who was at the venues at specified times and days must get tested and isolate for 14 days from the last day they visited.

A further 12 venues across Sydney were listed as casual contact venues requiring impacted shoppers to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received. 

Ten other sites were listed as places where shoppers needed to monitor for symptoms and get tested should they develop.

NSW on Friday recorded 97 locally-acquired cases with AMA president Dr Omar Khorshid warning: “The prospect of a significant escalation of case numbers remains real, with regional areas at risk”.

“The latest COVID-19 infection numbers in Greater Sydney show while the virus is not escalating out of control, current restrictions are not strong enough to bring overall infection numbers down any time soon,” he said.  

“Rising unlinked cases and people infectious in the community show we are not ahead of this outbreak. This means there is no end to the lockdown in sight and more needs to be done.”

Dr Khorshid said all non-essential retail outlets and non-essential services should be forced to close and the government needed to provide more clarity around what is deemed essential. 

“Allowing non-essential retail stores to remain open not only sends the wrong message to the public, but it also increases the risk of transmission. This is despite the reality that people can access many of the products online. Telling the community not to browse the shops is not enough,” he said. 

“A range of non-essential workplaces also remain open, which we know from the Victorian experience last year needed to be closed or operated under strict limits in order for its outbreak to be brought under control.

“There is confusion about what is considered essential and non-essential, and the AMA believes it is time for NSW to follow the Victorian approach which gives a clear definition for the public and the business community.”

Latest list of exposure sites

Anyone who attended the following venues on the days and times listed must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days since their last day at the site:   

  • Emu Plains: Woolworths Lennox Shopping Centre on July 10 from 4pm to 4.45pm
  • Liverpool: Service NSW at Liverpool on July 12 from 10am to 10.30am
  • Lakemba: Al Sultan Butchery on July 10 from 9am to 8pm and July 11 from 1.30pm to 8pm
  • Hurstville: Coles Westfield on July 10 from 11.40am to 12.30pm and July 12 from 9.15am to 6.15pm
  • Marsden Park: IKEA on July 12 from 12pm to 7.30pm and July 13 from 12pm to 4pm 

Anyone who attended the following sites on the times and days listed must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Fairfield: KFC at at 352-354 The Horsley Drive on Tuesday 6 July between 3pm – 9pm, Saturday 10 July between 3.30pm – 11.30pm, Sunday 11 July between 9am – 8.30am, Friday 25 June between 3.30pm – 11pm and Saturday 26 June between 3.30pm – 11pm
  • Greenacre: Hanson Concrete on July 1 through to July 7 for the whole day each day
  • Fairfield: Coles at Fairfield Forum Station St, Sunday 11 July between 3.30pm – 3.45pm
  • Fairfield: Woolworths/BWS at Fairfield Neeta City, Sunday 11 July between 6pm – 6.10pm
  • Casula: Costco Wholesale, Wednesday 7 July between 12.50pm – 4pm
  • East Greenacre: Hungry Jacks, Thursday 8 July between 7.40pm – 8.10pm
  • Canley Heights: Tobacconist and Gifts, Sunday 11 July between 9am – 9.15am
  • Belfield: BP petrol station at 53-57 Punchbowl Road, Sunday 11 July between 12.25pm – 12.45pm
  • Lakemba: I-Juice Plus, Sunday 11 July between 4.25pm – 4.40pm
  • Prairiewood: 7-Eleven, Tuesday 13 July between 7.45am – 7.50am 

Anyone who attended the following venues on the times and days visited should monitor for symptoms and get tested if they appear:

  • Wolli Creek: Woolworths at 78-96 Arncliffe St, Thursday 8 July between 1pm – 1.40pm
  • Casula: Costco Wholesale (Crossroads Homemaker Centre, 20 Parkers Farm Place), Friday 9 July between 1.35pm – 2.10pm
  • Hurstville: Woolworths at Westfield Hurstville, Monday 12 July between 3.05pm – 3.25pm; Coles at Hurstville Station, Monday 12 July between 3.35pm – 3.45pm, Tuesday 13 July between 3.25pm – 3.35pm and Wednesday 14 July between 10.30am – 11am; Hurstville Station Meat, Wednesday 14 July between 10am – 10.20am
  • Coogee: Maloney’s Grocer, Monday 12 July between 5.35pm – 6pm; Woolworths Metro, Monday 12 July between 5.40pm – 6pm
  • Revesby West: Metro Petrol at 10-12 Milperra Road, Tuesday 13 July between 5.30pm – 5.40pm
  • Bondi Junction: Chemist Warehouse, 133-135 Oxford St, Wednesday 14 July between 8am – 8.30am; Coles, 500 Oxford Street, Wednesday 14 July between 8am – 8.30am



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