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Cafe worker contagious with Covid for TEN Consecutive days on 10am shifts in Sydney’s west

A cafe worker was contagious for 10 days while serving thousands of customers at a branch in western Sydney, while New South Wales Health confirms a further 30 exposure sites.

The employee worked 10 hours a day from Wednesday, July 7 through Friday, July 16, at Raw Coffee Bar in Belmore for 10 consecutive days while contagious, potentially putting thousands of Sydneysiders at risk for the highly contagious Delta strain.

The Belmore Medical Center down the road from the coffee shop has also been listed as a close contact site, telling anyone present at the two locations to be tested immediately and in isolation for 14 days.

NSW Health also confirmed that 10 bus routes in western Sydney had been identified as traveling from close contacts.

Trips from Sydneyham to Lakemba, Fairfield to Fairfield Heights, Wetherill Park to Prairiewood and Smithfield to Prairiewood are all included in the latter list.

A cafe worker was contagious for 10 days while serving thousands of customers at a branch in western Sydney, while New South Wales Health confirms a further 30 exposure sites

A cafe worker was contagious for 10 days while serving thousands of customers at a branch in western Sydney, while New South Wales Health confirms a further 30 exposure sites

A public health warning has been issued after a host of new Sydney sites were exposed to coronavirus – along with a busy truck stop in northern NSW.

The Ampol service station truck stop in Chinderah is just minutes from the Queensland border and the southern Gold Coast.

Among the new locations listed by NSW Health in Sydney on Saturday night is a butcher’s shop in Lakemba – the center of southwestern Sydney, which is of particular interest to health officials.

Other areas of concern include a number of eateries in Dulwich Hill that were frequented by confirmed Covid cases last Thursday.

A gas station and truck stop at Chinderah (pictured) in northern NSW near the Queensland border was also listed as a concern

A gas station and truck stop at Chinderah (pictured) in northern NSW near the Queensland border was also listed as a concern

An infected person visited The Fold Cafe on Canterbury Road in Dulwich Hill just before 11am on Thursday, July 8.

The Larder Wine and Cheese Bar on nearby Marrickville Road was also visited by a confirmed case, as was the Juceria juice bar on the same street that afternoon.

Customers of the Lakemba Al-Sultan Butchery have been warned that they may have been exposed to Covid after an employee worked for nearly a full week while infected.

The employee was on site for six consecutive days from Friday, July 9, through Wednesday, July 14 — he started his shift at 8 a.m. and didn’t leave until 10 p.m.

Two bakeries in Lakemba have also been listed as exposure locations – the La Bella Patisserie and Al Fayhaa Bakery.

In addition, two medical centers – one on Mt Druitt and one on Chester Hill – have been listed as sites of concern.

NEW COVID EXPOSURE SITES LISTED BY NSW HEALTH

Anyone who has visited the following sites on the days and times listed will be in close contact and should be tested and isolated for 14 days since their last day on site, regardless of the outcome, and call 1800 943 553 unless they are already in contact with them is listed by NSW Health:

Dulwich Hill The Fold Café 402 New Canterbury Road Thursday 8th July 10.45am – 11am

Dulwich Hill The Larder Wine and Cheese Bar 489 Marrickville Rd Thursday 8th July 1:30pm – 1:45pm

Dulwich Hill Juiceria 497 Marrickville Rd Thursday 8th July 13:35 – 13:50

Dulwich Hill Excellent Price Variety Store Ground Floor, 503-507 Marrickville Rd Thursday, July 8 1:50 PM – 2:10 PM

Lakemba Al Sultan Butchery 130 Haldon Street Friday 9 July 8am – 10pm Saturday 10 July 8am – 10pm Sunday 11 July 8am – 10pm Monday 12 July 8am – 10pm Tuesday 13 July 8am – 10pm Wednesday 14 July 8am – 2pm

Lakemba La Bella Patisserie 42 The Boulevarde Friday 9 July 5:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Lakemba Al Fayhaa Bakery 137A Haldon St Sunday 11th July 12.50pm – 1.05pm

Chester Hill Aya Family Healthcare Afterhours Shop 21, Chester Square, 1 Leicester Street Wednesday 14th July 8.30pm – 9.20pm

Chinderah Truckstop at the Ampol gas station (northbound) at the Murwillumbah exit, including the truck drivers’ toilets, showers and lounge, and 112 Tweed Valley Way food court Tuesday 13th July 8:30pm to Wednesday 14th July 7:30am

Mt Druitt Mt Druitt Medical and Dental Center 22 Jirrang Closed Wednesday 14th July 11.35am – 1.15pm

A butcher in Lakemba (pictured) has been listed by NSW Health as an exposure site after a staff member worked for nearly a week while contagious

A butcher in Lakemba (pictured) has been listed by NSW Health as an exposure site after a staff member worked for nearly a week while contagious

The tightening of COVID-19 restrictions in Greater Sydney will cause huge financial losses for businesses and individuals despite state and federal support, industry groups say.

Their comments come in the wake of a major tightening of Greater Sydney’s lockdown as NSW registered 111 locally acquired cases on Saturday, 29 of which were in the community while contagious.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced that from 11:59 p.m. non-essential stores would close and all construction work would be suspended until July 30.

Workers and businesses in Sydney’s southwest are being restricted even more severely, as residents of three local government areas are banned from leaving their municipal boundaries.

The Juiceria juice bar on Dulwich Hill was visited by a confirmed Covid case on Thursday 8th July

The Juiceria juice bar on Dulwich Hill was visited by a confirmed Covid case on Thursday 8th July

Business NSW chief executive Daniel Hunter supports the need for a tougher health response but says the economic impact will be huge.

“There is no sugar coat that will have a huge impact on all businesses across NSW,” he told AAP.

The construction industry shutdown alone means a loss of $800 million to $1 billion a week.

Good financial support is available, but it will not cover all losses and some companies will not survive, said Mr Hunter.

He highlighted the national economic impact of Sydney’s closure and said the region accounted for about a third of Australia’s GDP.

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey called for the revival of JobKeeper to give workers and employers ‘security and certainty rather than ambiguity and confusion’.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has closed all 'non-emergency' constructions until July 30 and has also halted home repairs and even paid cleaning services

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has closed all ‘non-emergency’ constructions until July 30 and has also halted home repairs and even paid cleaning services

‘Jobkeeper is the answer. It will provide all affected employees with a living income of $1500 every two weeks while maintaining the connection with their employer,” he said in a statement.

“The ever-changing criteria and levels of aid payments from the Commonwealth and NSW governments are confusing and perplexing.”

NSW and the federal government announced financial support for workers and businesses on Tuesday.

The state expanded its business subsidies and lowered or deferred payroll taxes for most businesses.

Workers who have lost eight or more hours per week as a result of the lockdown can apply for federal support for up to $600 per week through Services Australia.

On Saturday, Ms. Berejiklian said businesses should not worry about cash flow issues.

Sydneysiders practice on Saturday (pictured) amid a lockdown to contain a Covid outbreak that started in the east of the city

Sydneysiders practice on Saturday (pictured) amid a lockdown to contain a Covid outbreak that started in the east of the city

“On top of what the federal government has given, we’re giving billions and billions more. Anyone can get those payments if you’re an individual or if you can’t go to work anymore,” she said.

“Even if it takes a few weeks for companies to get that money through the door, at least when they deal with financial institutions and others, those institutions can be confident that that money will come through the door.”

Businesses can visit Services Australia at servicesaustralia.gov.au to request support or Service NSW at service.nsw.gov.au for assistance.

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