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Indian grocery store in Canada targeted with false rumours of COVID-19 infections

An Indian grocery store in Winnipeg is fighting back against rumours stating store employees contracted COVID-19. 

Jagjit Gill, owner of Gill's Supermarket, took to Facebook on Monday to address the rumours - which surfaced last week - and to reassure customers that they are not true. 

"We would like to address the rumours that are going around that an employee of ours has COVID-19 at our Keewatin store," he wrote. "These are absolutely false. We are doing our best to ensure the safety of our employees and customers."

Health officials have previously stated that they would name businesses where an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, however Gill's Supermarket has never been named.

Gill said that the rumours have affected business. 

"For three days in a row, we felt that these rumours were costing us because less people were coming to the store."

While he does not know who started the rumours, Gill said that he found out about them because numerous customers called the store to check if any employees did, in fact, contract the virus. He added that the rumours were also spreading on WhatsApp.

However, Gill said that he is happy customers called the store because that way, they get the correct information directly from the source. 

"People just want to know what's going on," he said. "It's not only for the customers' health, it's for my employees health. It's a very serious matter and we are taking all the precautions."

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