A shopper at a popular market has tested positive for coronavirus and put hundreds of other people at risk of catching the deadly virus.
The person attended the Melbourne Market, at Epping in the city’s north, twice last week before testing positive to COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The shopper visits the market for fruits and vegetables, spending a total of two hours at the site this week.
The person attended the Melbourne Market (pictured) at Epping in the city’s north twice last week before testing positive to COVID-19 on Wednesday
The person visited on Monday March 23 between 5.21am and 6.16 and then again the following day between 5.28am and 6.30am.
The Melbourne Market Authority released a statement announcing they would continue to remain open despite the positive test result.
From Thursday onwards the market will be conducting temperature testing for those entering the market.
‘Temperature testing will be used as a screening tool to help ensure potential COVID-19 infected persons do not enter the Market,’ a statement read.
Anyone who records a temperature higher than 38C will not be allowed onto the premises.
‘In light of this positive test result, we need to re-emphasise the absolute importance of practising social distancing,’ the Melbourne Market Authority said.
The shopper goes to the market for fruits and vegetables, spending a total of two hours at the site this week
The Melbourne Market Authority released a statement announcing they would continue to remain open despite the positive test result (Pictured: a woman being tested for coronavirus on Wednesday)
‘You must keep 1.5 metres from other market users wherever possible and wash your hands regularly.
‘If you are feeling unwell in any way, you must not attend the market for work or to purchase produce or flowers.’
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5,049
New South Wales: 2,292
Western Australia: 392
South Australia: 367
Australian Capital Territory: 84
Northern Territory: 19
TOTAL CASES: 5,049
Victoria has quickly become Australia’s strictest state, banning people from visiting their partners on Wednesday.
The state imposed a ‘stay at home’ order from midnight on 30 March until midnight on 13 April, with a few exceptions such as shopping or exercising.
One resident asked on Twitter if she was allowed to visit her partner at his home.
Police Minister Lisa Neville replied: ‘You cannot visit your partner for social reasons.’
Asked if a social visit was allowed, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in a press conference: ‘That’s not work, that’s not care-giving, that’s not medical care, that’s not shopping for the things you need when you need them, and it does not comply with the rules. People should not do that.’
The strict rule also means that single people who connect on dating apps have no way to meet each other.
The Victorian government website reads: ‘Every interaction with another person carries the risk of transmission and should be avoided.’
Victoria has 968 cases of coronavirus with 32 people in hospital and six in intensive care
But the Premier backflipped on the decision on Wednesday night after it sparked widespread criticism throughout the day.
Just before 5pm Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said an exemption would be made for couples living apart.
‘Regarding ‘Stay at Home’ rules: We have no desire to penalise individuals who are staying with or meeting their partners if they don’t usually reside together,’ he said.
‘We’ll be making an exemption.’
Victoria has 968 cases of coronavirus with 32 people in hospital and six in intensive care.
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced the state was increasing the number of intensive care beds from 500 to 4,500.