Sydney IGA mocks NSW Health’s apology after incorrectly listed as Covid exposure site

Sydney IGA mocks a ‘fake’ NSW Health apologies in retaliation for being incorrectly listed as a Covid exposure site

  • IGA supermarket in Sydney’s Summer Hill suburb listed as Covid exposure site
  • It was a mistake by NSW Health, which made the store owner understandably furious
  • He took matters into his own hands and printed a false ‘apology’ from NSW Health










A frustrated supermarket owner in Sydney resorted to mocking a ‘fake’ apology letter from NSW Health after his store was incorrectly listed as a Covid exposure site.

On Tuesday morning, a deceptive message was posted on the front window of the Summer Hill store in Sydney’s inner west.

Obviously, the sign was visible to customers just after 5pm on Monday.

It followed Romeo’s IGA on the outskirts of the city that was mistakenly named in a list of exposure sites in Greater Sydney on Monday.

A frustrated supermarket owner in Sydney mocked a ‘fake’ letter of apology from NSW Health (pictured) after his store was incorrectly listed as a Covid exposure site on Monday

Health officials originally said an infected person visited the store on July 8 between 11:40 a.m. and noon – which was later removed online.

The store owner told his customers through the signage that his business was not directly exposed to the virus.

“Romeo’s IGA Summer Hill has never been exposed to Covid-19 and should be removed from NSW Health and NSW government websites as a Covid-19 location,” the false notice read.

“The Department of Health (NSW) has made an administrative error and the public apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

“This error will be corrected on all websites as soon as possible… Romeo’s IGA Summer Hill is a safe location for Covid-19.”

In a statement, NSW Health confirmed that the Summer Hill supermarket was not now considered an informal contact site.

“A positive Covid-19 case visited Café Juliet in Summer Hill while it was contagious on July 8,” a spokesperson told the Daily Mail Australia.

Being a close contact location, this cafe is on the same spot as Romeo’s IGA Summer Hill. ‘As a precautionary measure, the employees of Romeo’s IGA Summer Hill were told that they were casual contacts.

“After further investigation, all of Romeo’s IGA Summer Hill was not considered an informal contact site and has been removed from the NSW Health website.”

On Tuesday morning, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed 78 new cases in her state, but 27 were contagious in the community.

Ms Berejiklian released the new figures when she warned residents of the local government areas of Canterbury-Bankstown and Fairfield that they could be carrying the virus – even if they don’t show any symptoms.

The owner of Romeo's IGA supermarket in Sydney's Summer Hill suburb printed a false 'apology' from NSW Health - after his company was incorrectly named as a Covid exposure site

The owner of Romeo’s IGA supermarket in Sydney’s Summer Hill suburb printed a false ‘apology’ from NSW Health – after his company was incorrectly named as a Covid exposure site

NSW Health's list on Monday stating that Summer Hill was a Covid exposure site, including Romeo's IGA - it was later revealed that the supermarket was not considered an informal contact site and has been removed from the NSW Health website

NSW Health’s list on Monday stating that Summer Hill was a Covid exposure site, including Romeo’s IGA – it was later revealed that the supermarket was not considered an informal contact site and has been removed from the NSW Health website

The positive results in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday night followed 63,000 tests.

Ms Berejiklian said testing rates had increased significantly in the past 24 hours in the Fairfield LGA – where two-thirds of coronavirus cases were recorded on Monday.

“We’ve noticed a significant increase in testing in that community and today we particularly want to encourage people living in the Canterbury-Bankstown area to come forward and get tested,” she said.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said high transmission rates were also detected in Hurstville and Kogarah in the south of the city.

Of the new cases, 52 were found in the south west of Sydney and 11 cases each were recorded in the west and south east both.

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