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Pizzeria in Sydney screening customers for the coronavirus

A pizza restaurant has taken the extreme step of screening its customers for symptoms of the coronavirus before allowing them to step inside their building.

Verace Pizzeria, in Sydney’s north, issued the warning to its customers this week as the number of Australians infected with the deadly virus continues to rise – with nine cases now confirmed. 

‘We take the health and safety of all our customers and staff extremely seriously and as a result have decided to impose health restrictions on all people entering our restaurant,’ the Facebook post read.

Verace Pizzeria, in Sydney’s north, issued the warning to its customers this week as the number of Australians infected with the deadly virus continues to rise – with nine cases now confirmed (stock image pictured)

A pizza restaurant has taken the extreme step of screening its customers for symptoms of the coronavirus before allowing them to step inside their building (pictured: Verace Pizzeria, in Sydney's north)

A pizza restaurant has taken the extreme step of screening its customers for symptoms of the coronavirus before allowing them to step inside their building (pictured: Verace Pizzeria, in Sydney’s north)

‘No person of any age or nationality will be allowed to enter the restaurant if they present with ANY flu like symptoms including but not limited to; running nose, coughing, sore throat, fever or signs of any upper respiratory infection.

The post said the restriction was in place to ensure their ‘extremely busy restaurant helps prevent any spread of the virus to the people of Sydney’.

‘We want you to leave our restaurant with a smile, a full belly and perfect health.’

The restriction is in place until further notice.

The restaurants new policy has drawn a mixed reaction, with some saying they are being ‘over the top’.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Verace Pizzeria for comment.  

The warning comes as two more cases are confirmed in Australia - taking the total number to nine (Pictured: Passengers wearing protective masks arrive at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Thursday)

The warning comes as two more cases are confirmed in Australia – taking the total number to nine (Pictured: Passengers wearing protective masks arrive at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Thursday)

Verace Pizzeria, in Sydney's north, issued the warning to its customers this week as the number of Australians infected with the deadly virus continues to rise - with nine cases now confirmed

Verace Pizzeria, in Sydney’s north, issued the warning to its customers this week as the number of Australians infected with the deadly virus continues to rise – with nine cases now confirmed

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS?

Once someone has caught the virus it may take between two and 14 days for them to show any symptoms.

If and when they do, typical signs include:

  • a runny nose
  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • fever (high temperature)

The vast majority of patients – at least 97 per cent, based on available data – will recover from these without any issues or medical help.

In a small group of patients, who seem mainly to be the elderly or those with long-term illnesses, it can lead to pneumonia. 

Pneumonia is an infection in which the insides of the lungs swell up and fill with fluid. It makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and, if left untreated, can be fatal and suffocate people. 

‘Do you have to pass a medical to eat at your restaurant?’ one person asked.

However, others thought the restriction was a good idea.

‘Hopefully by doing this you guys have set the example for other busy places and encourage unwell people to isolate themselves,’ one woman wrote. 

The disease, which has killed at least 162 people around the world, is believed to have come from Wuhan, a city of 11 million people.

The virus is believed to have spread from the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market. Such ‘wet’ markets sell meat and seafood alongside live animals such as dogs, rats, snakes, civets and supposedly koalas.

The proximity of people to live and dead animals makes it easy for humans to contract viruses.

The SARS virus which broke out in 2003 also likely started in wet markets.

SARS was originally hosted by bats which infected other animals. Those animals transmitted SARS to humans. 

All but around 70 of the more than 6,000 cases so far identified have been in China, mostly in and around Wuhan. 

Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath

Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath

The other countries with confirmed cases include Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, the UAE, the United States, and Vietnam. 

The Chinese government has put Wuhan into virtual quarantine to try and stop the spread of the virus. 

A number of foreign governments have advised against non-essential travel to China and have begun flying their citizens out of Wuhan.  

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA

NEW SOUTH WALES: 4

Four people in NSW have been diagnosed with coronavirus, including three men and one woman.

January 25

  • Three men aged 43, 53, and 35 who had recently travelled to China are confirmed to have contracted the disease.
  • Two flew in from Wuhan while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, south China.
  • They are being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in stable condition.

January 27

  • A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person to test positive for the illness in NSW.
  • The woman, a student at UNSW, flew into Sydney International Airport on flight MU749 on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
  • She is being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.

VICTORIA: 2 

January 25

  • A Chinese national aged in his 50s becomes the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Australia.
  • The man flew to Melbourne on China Southern flight CZ321 from Wuhan via Guangzhou on January 19.
  • He is now in quarantined isolation at Monash Hospital in Clayton in Melbourne’s east.

January 29

  • A Victorian man in his 60s is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • He became unwell on January 23 – two days after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
  • The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre. He was assessed as being well enough to stay at home.

QUEENSLAND: 1 

January 29 

  • Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese national wass diagnosed with the virus.
  • He is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.  

CHINA: 2, January 30: Two Australians have been confirmed as having the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has raised the travel alert level to ‘do not travel’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says unless people have contact with someone who is unwell and has come from that part of China, there is no need for current concern.  

 

 

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