Businesses forced to close after visit from infectious delivery driver29th May 2021
“I’m paying rent, I have my electricity bill – these are my fixed expenses,” she said.
Victoria’s COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said the four cases announced on Saturday linked to the delivery driver had already been in isolation for one day when they tested positive, and contact tracers were still trying to nail down precisely how the driver became infected.
Mr Weimar said the driver (case 16) visited a number of the same stores as the main source of the outbreak – a man in his 60s known as case five.
“They visited on the same day, in very closely adjacent time slots,” he said. “There is at least two crossovers between those individuals, which we are trying to track down which exact one was the was the point of transmission.”
Case five could be the possible “missing link” to the man who returned from Adelaide where he caught coronavirus in a quarantine hotel, but authorities have still not been able to confirm that.
The ordeal for the businesses forced to close comes as the Victorian government is expected to announce a small business package to assist workers and employers through the lockdown.
Paul Guerra, chief executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said on Saturday he understood a package would be announced by Monday, if not sooner.
“In an ideal world, it would have been announced [already] there’s no question about that,” he said.
“That’s why we would like to see this now sooner rather than later because, you know, financial stress is probably the worst type of stress of all and there’s probably thousands of businesses and thousands of workers over the state that are wondering what they’re going to do.”
Ms Choudhary said she was unsure if she would hire someone to run the store on her behalf while she remained in quarantine, or ask her husband to run it for her. Either way, she will be out of pocket because of the ordeal.
Ms Choudhary’s husband works on a contract in manufacturing and has no access to paid leave.
“If I ask my husband then he has to take off work, then we lose more money than if I hire someone,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
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