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Coronavirus Australia: NSW Health hits out at fake update that declared supermarkets would be closed

Health authorities have denounced a fake alert claiming supermarkets will be closed in a bid to control Sydney's Covid outbreak.

The mocked-up health notice with the NSW Health logo was posted on July 22 and claimed supermarkets would be closed five days later from July 27.

NSW Health posted the fake update on its Twitter page and crossed the scam out with a large red X in the hope of dispelling any further confusion.

The mocked-up health notice with the NSW Health logo was posted on July 22 and claimed supermarkets would be closed five days later from July 27 

NSW Health posted the fake update on its Twitter page and crossed the scam out with a large red X in the hope of dispelling any further confusion 

'NSW Health is aware of incorrect public health advice circulating in the community and on social media regarding Greater Sydney restrictions,' the tweet read. 

'Please use trusted and credible sources of information.'

However, the fraudulent update quickly sparked debate on Twitter, with several questioning how it was decided what businesses stayed open. 

'I don't understand why bottle shops and tobacconists are classed as essential,' one man replied.

'The real question is why are places like Bunnings and Harvey Norman open?' another asked. 

'Beaches and parks need to be closed. Keeping them open is giving people an excuse to leave their homes and interact,' a third argued. 

Health authorities have denounced a fake alert claiming supermarkets will be closed in a bid to control Sydney's Covid outbreak

However, the fraudulent update quickly sparked an incidental debate on Twitter, with several questioning how it was decided what businesses remained open

The scam comes after a supermarket owner resorted to mocking up a 'fake' apology letter from NSW Health after his store was incorrectly listed as a Covid exposure site.

The frustrated business owner placed the rogue notice on full display on the store's window door at Summer Hill, in Sydney's inner-west, on July 20. 

NSW Health is not immune from mistakes either, as Romeo's IGA on the city's outskirts was wrongly listed as an exposure site in Sydney the previous day. 

Health officials originally said an infected person visited the shop on July 8 between 11.40am to 12pm - which was later removed online.

The store owner mocked up a fake NSW Health apology as a way of telling his customers his business was not directly exposed to the virus.

The frustrated business owner placed the fake NSW Health notice on full display on the store's window door at Summer Hill, in Sydney's inner-west, on July 20

'Romeo's IGA Summer Hill was never exposed to Covid-19 and is to be removed from the NSW Health and NSW government websites as a Covid-19 location,' the false notice read.

'The (NSW) Ministry of Health has made an administrative error and public apologises for all inconvenience caused.

'This error will be rectified on all websites as soon as possible… Romeo's IGA Summer Hill is a Covid-19 safe location.' 

In a statement, NSW Health later confirmed the supermarket at Summer Hill was no longer deemed a casual contact site. 

Sydney in Tuesday recorded 172 new local Covid-19 cases and two deaths on Tuesday, with 60 of the cases out in the community while infectious. 

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