The latest Sydney COVID hot spots include a popular IKEA store

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Cases in NSW are increasing, but slowly so far. Image: Getty

The coronavirus cases in New South Wales are increasing, albeit slowly, and Premier Gladys Berejiklian issues more warnings for possible harsher restrictions. The bottom line? Wear a mask. 

Customers who visited an Ikea in Sydney’s inner west at the weekend have been issued an alert after one shopper tested positive for coronavirus.

The individual visited the Ikea retailer in Rhodes on Saturday, August 8 between 1.20pm and 2.20pm and was later confirmed as being infected with Covid-19.

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Anyone who visited the store during or after these hours has been advised to monitor their symptoms, however mild, self-isolate, and get tested.

Recent visitors to Westfield in Parramatta have also been put on alert after a positive case also visited Westfield in Parramatta twice in three days.

It brings New South Wales’ new cases to 18 in the past 24 hours, with 3726 across the state, and six confirmed hotpots.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned harsher restrictions could be coming if mask-wearing does not become more widespread and businesses continue not to heed safety rules, though she noted that was improving.

She said she expected everyone to wear masks where social distancing wasn’t possible, like public transport, shopping centres, and places of worship.

State health minister Brad Hazzard agreed.

“The bottom line is: masks,” he said in a press conference.

“We all need to be reminded that this virus has not gone away … Treat yourself and treat everybody else as if you have got the virus.”

These are the current NSW hotspots:

  • Rhodes Ikea on August 8 between 1.20pm and 2.20pm
  • Baby Bunting in Penrith on August 8 from 1.15pm to 1.45pm
  • Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club on August 7 from 5pm to August 8 at 1.30am
  • Castle Towers Shopping Centre on August 7 from 3.30pm to 5pm
  • Parramatta Westfield on August 5, between 4 and 5.30pm and on August 8 between 12pm and 1pm
  • Parramatta Public School was also closed today after a student tested positive

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