No further local cases of COVID-19 have been detected in WA overnight after the state was plunged into a five-day lockdown, the state’s Premier Mark McGowan has revealed.
- Close contacts of an infected hotel guard are being tested for COVID-19
- Tests have come back negative for 13 high-risk contacts
- A Perth CBD deli has been added to the list of sites the guard visited
“To repeat, no new local cases of COVID-19 and no new overseas cases in hotel quarantine,” Mr McGowan said.
A total of 3,171 coronavirus tests were conducted in WA yesterday, compared to the daily average of about 500, after a hotel security guard working at the Four Points by Sheraton Perth tested positive to coronavirus.
Mr McGowan said there had been extensive testing of the close contacts of the security guard.
“In total 13 close contacts have now tested negative, and of those 11 high-risk contacts have been moved into hotel quarantine as an extra precaution,” he said.
He said 66 close contacts had been identified altogether, and all had either been tested, or would be tested today, and remained in quarantine.
“As the contact tracing team does further work, the number of close contacts could also increase. These are encouraging signs but it is still early days,” he said.
Mr McGowan reminded anyone who had visited one of the known exposure sites visited by the security guard to get tested as soon as they could.
New transmission risk location added
One more location was added to the hot spot list this morning, a Grab N Go convenience store on Milligan Street in the Perth CBD.
The Premier said resources at COVID-19 testing clinics continued to be increased to cope with the influx of people.
All metropolitan clinics are set to remain open until 10pm and people can also get tested at private pathology centres and drive-through facilities.
“I know it is hot out there, so please if you are going to get tested to bring some water and wear a hat,” Mr McGowan said.
“You are performing your civic duty as Western Australians, so thank you. The more tests we can perform, the better we can manage this situation.”
Use of masks ‘very encouraging’
Mr McGowan said it was “very encouraging” people had followed advice to wear masks when they left the house, and to avoid leaving home entirely except for the four exceptions.
“People have largely listened to the instructions,” he said.
“We need to keep it up, at least until the end of the week.”
Mr McGowan said police would take a “common sense” approach implementing the mask rule, saying he understood some people had not been able to purchase masks yet.
Police are providing masks to members of the public who do not have one where they can, and the government plans to distribute masks to community organisations for vulnerable people.