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Sydneysiders on high alert after an infectious COVID-19 shopper visited Westfield

Sydney residents are on high alert after a shopper with COVID-19 visited several locations in the city’s inner west including a Westfield shopping centre.

NSW Health issued a warning after the infected person went to the Westfield shopping centre in Burwood between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, August 20, before visiting the Kmart and Woolworths stores inside. 

The same person also visited the Service NSW centre in Burwood between 2.30pm and 3pm on Friday, August 21. 

Anyone at those locations within the time frame is considered a casual contact and should monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate and get tested if they appear.

The warning comes as NSW recorded another four coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 3,796 with 54 deaths. 

Of the four cases confirmed on Sunday, one is a hotel security guard who was previously reported as a case on Saturday.

He worked at the Marriott Hotel in Sydney and tested positive after a week-long testing blitz on contacts after another security guard tested positive on August 14.

The other cases reported on Sunday included two travellers in hotel quarantine and one linked to the Apollo Restaurant cluster in Potts Point. 

‘While case numbers have remained low this week, the virus continues to circulate in the community and vigilance must be maintained,’ a NSW Health statement read. 

‘It is vital that high rates of testing continue in order to find the source of the cases still under investigation and to identify and stop further spread of the virus.’

There are currently 90 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health with seven in the ICU and five on ventilators. 

Meanwhile 86 per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care. 

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