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Coronavirus scare at huge shopping centre as two staff test positive

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 30/07/2020 Shive Prema For Daily Mail Australia

Two staff members at a Melbourne shopping centre have tested positive for COVID-19.  

Northland Shopping Centre in Preston in Melbourne's northeast announced the two confirmed cases on Wednesday. 

A Myer employee tested positive and last worked at the store on Wednesday, July 22 and a Nike worker who also has the virus last worked on Friday, July 17. 

The Myer employee was potentially infectious while working from July 20 to July 22, according to the department store.  

a building that has a sign on the side of a road: Northland Shopping Centre (pictured) in Preston in Melbourne's northeast announced the two confirmed cases on Wednesday © Provided by Daily Mail Northland Shopping Centre (pictured) in Preston in Melbourne's northeast announced the two confirmed cases on Wednesday

In a statement, Northland Shopping Centre tried to quell fears of infection.    

'We’ve received no advice which indicates there was any risk to our customers or retail team members who visited Myer on 22 July or Nike on 17 July,' the statement read. 

'All team members who have been identified as having been in close contact with the affected team members have been contacted, will undergo testing and will self-isolate until they receive test results.' 

Both the Myer and Nike stores in Northland mall have undertaken a deep clean and sanitisation in line with the  Department of Health and Human Services' advice. 

a room that has a sign on the side of a building: A Myer employee tested positive and last worked at the store (pictured) on Wednesday, July 22

A Myer employee tested positive and last worked at the store (pictured) on Wednesday, July 22
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The latest cases are not the first at the shopping centre as a H&M employee tested positive last month, forcing the store to close down for deep cleaning.  

An infectious person also watched Jumanji 2 at the centre's Hoyts cinema, sparking another COVID scare.    

Earlier this month, Northland Shopping Centre began limiting its hours to 'adjust to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19'. 

'The safety and wellbeing of our customers, retailers, team and community continues to be our top priority,' the centre announced. 

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Deep cleaners at the Epping Gardens nursing home on Wednesday. Both the Nike and Myer stores in Northland mall have undergone deep cleaning and sanitisation © Provided by Daily Mail Deep cleaners at the Epping Gardens nursing home on Wednesday. Both the Nike and Myer stores in Northland mall have undergone deep cleaning and sanitisation

'We’re taking extra precautions to ensure our centre is clean and hygienic every time you visit, including more frequent cleaning, encouraging healthy physical distancing and good hygiene.'  

The two confirmed cases at the shopping mall come as Victoria broke the record for its single daily increase in cases, with 723 infections announced on Thursday. 

The figure is more than double Wednesday's 295 infections and far exceeds the state's previous record of 532 cases on Monday.  

Premier Daniel Andrews announced an additional 13 deaths, taking the state's death toll to 105 and national figure to 189.   

a statue of a man: Clinical waste is removed from St. Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner. Victoria broke the record for its single daily increase in cases, with 723 infections announced on Thursday © Provided by Daily Mail Clinical waste is removed from St. Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner. Victoria broke the record for its single daily increase in cases, with 723 infections announced on Thursday Read more

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