Western Australia avoids second lockdown as state records no new cases overnight

Henrietta Strickland
May 2, 2021

Anyone who has arrived from Perth in recent days is being asked to check locations of interest of the latest cases, and monitor their health.

The man may have been infectious in the community for four days before he tested positive, authorities say.

The country could also benefit from setting up a facility similar to the Northern Territory's Howard Springs quarantine hub which hasn't had a single coronavirus case leave its walls, the university researchers said.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said he wanted to avoid a lockdown for Perth after there were no new cases on Sunday.

The security guard worked on the same floor as some confirmed cases at the Pan Pacific Hotel on April 24, but it is unclear how he became infected. Two of his housemates were food-delivery drivers and had also tested positive.

Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said while the public health risk was deemed low, Kiwis and Australians must remain vigilant as they enjoyed quarantine-free travel.

There was no new case of COVID-19 in the wider New Zealand community, according to the ministry.

These passengers are considered casual plus contacts and must self-isolate and get tested five days after the exposure.

"Mask wearing was appropriate by the guard in question and there was nothing else that occurred in the area that was unusual", the premier said. Wear your mask, use SafeWA, practise the COVID-safe principles and get tested if unwell or you have been to an exposure site.

Cafes and restaurants will return to "pretty much business as usual" but hospitality venues must comply with either the two-square-metre rule or 75 per cent capacity.

A flight from Perth that was due to land in Auckland at 5.50am on Sunday has since been cancelled.

To date, 27 people have been in touch with Healthline to say they were in the locations of interest - a coffee shop and public toilet - at the relevant time.

The latest outbreak has prompted New Zealand's Ministry of Health to pause the trans-Tasman travel bubble with Western Australia.

However, anyone now in Australia, including New Zealanders, who were at a location of interest and potentially exposed to Covid-19, can not travel to New Zealand within 14 days of exposure.

New Zealand quarantine hotels have shared recreational, smoking and exercise areas while those in Australia are confined to their rooms for the duration of their 14-day stay.

The ministry said Western Australia health officials were meeting to decide whether they would implement further restrictions or a full lockdown.

Perth and Peel remain "orange" zones under Victoria's traffic light border restrictions, meaning travellers must apply for an exemption before being permitted to enter the state.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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