Premier Mark McGowan warns an ‘extended period’ of mask-wearing after hotel quarantine breach
Premier Mark McGowan warns an ‘extended period’ of mask-wearing may be required as Western Australia grapples with hotel quarantine breach
- WA Premier Mark McGowan warns masks could become a ‘long-term measure’
- Measures come as state confirms no new cases after hotel quarantine breach
- Contact tracers investigating four close contacts of hotel guard and housemate
West Australians face the prospect of an extended period of mask-wearing as the state seeks to avoid another coronavirus lockdown.
Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday confirmed no new locally acquired cases had been detected, 24 hours after a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive.
Contact tracers are continuing to work through the movements of the three men but all 16 close contacts identified by WA Health as ‘high risk’ have returned negative tests.
West Australians face the prospect of an extended period of mask-wearing as the state seeks to avoid another coronavirus lockdown (pictured: woman wearing a mask in WA)
WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) warns masks could become a ‘long-term measure’
Results are pending for a further four close contacts, while another 136 contacts are deemed casual or yet to be classified.
Sunday’s AFL western derby between West Coast and Fremantle at Optus Stadium was played behind closed doors, nightclubs were closed and Perth and Peel residents were ordered to return to wearing masks indoors and outdoors.
‘We could see masks become a longer-term measure in coming weeks,’ the premier said.
‘And that is unfortunate because I know how uncomfortable and difficult it is but that may be one of the measures that we put in place to provide additional protection.’
Mr McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook will on Monday each receive their first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
WA recorded no new locally acquired cases on Sunday after a hotel quarantine security guard tested positive (pictured: Two men wearing masks during Perth’s three-day lockdown)
Sunday’s AFL western derby between West Coast and Fremantle at Optus Stadium was played behind closed doors (pictured)
They are part of the over-50s cohort who are now eligible to receive their jabs at one of several mass vaccination clinics across Perth.
‘I would just encourage everyone to get vaccinated when your turn comes,’ Mr McGowan said.
The guard and his seven housemates, along with their close contacts, have been moved to hotel quarantine.
It emerged that one of the two infected housemates – who each worked as delivery drivers – had attended a cooking school on April 27 and 28 with about 20 other people at the Perth College of Business and Technology.
The other students are being contacted and advised to isolate until they return negative tests.
Health advice suggested the risk of their food delivery jobs was low given they were required to wear face masks and had minimal contact with customers.
The guard in his 20s worked at the Pan Pacific Hotel between April 24 and 26 and tested positive on Saturday.
On his days off work from April 27 to 30, he moved through the community going shopping, seeing friends and visiting Mirrabooka Mosque.
Restrictions had been in place in Perth and Peel following a snap three-day lockdown.
‘Had what happened in the last couple of days occurred three weeks ago, we would have gone into lockdown immediately,’ Mr McGowan said.
A guard in his 20s who worked at the Pan Pacific Hotel (pictured) between April 24 and 26 tested positive for Covid-19 alongside his two mates
Latest exposure sites across Perth
The Western Australia government has listed a number of exposure sites visited by confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Health authorities are urging any resident who has visited these sites to get tested for Covid-19 and self-isolate immediately.
Nollamara: Pharmacy 777 – 84 Hillsborough Drive 30/04/2021 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Mirrabooka: Mirrabooka Mosque: Masjid Al Taqwa 30/04/2021 1:15pm – 2:00pm
Madeley: Puma – 186 Wanneroo Rd 30/04/2021 11.45am – 12.15pm
Banksia Grove: Liberty Fuel, corner of Porrecta link and Pinjar Rd 30/04/2021 10.00am – 10.30am
Wanneroo: Brookside Medical Centre 30/04/2021 8.00am – 9.00am
Nollamara: Pharmacy 777 – 84 Hillsborough Drive 29/04/2021 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Balcatta: Coles – Prime West Northlands Shopping Centre 29/04/2021 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Scarborough: Caltex – 74 Scarborough Beach Rd 29/04/2021 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Victoria Park: All Night Pizza Cafe 28/04/2021 10.00pm – 12.00am
Joondanna: Agha Juice Cafe 28/04/2021 6:50pm – 8:00pm
Morley: Event Cinemas – Galleria Shopping Centre 28/04/2021 6.45pm – 7.15pm
Balcatta: Coles – Prime West Northlands Shopping Centre 28/04/2021 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Balcatta: Smokemart – Prime West Northlands Shopping Centre 28/04/2021 1:30pm – 3:15pm
Balcatta: Northlands Fresh – Prime West Northlands Shopping Centre 28/04/2021 1:30pm – 3.15pm
Westminster: Spudshed – Stirling Shopping Centre 28/04/2021 1:30am – 2:30am
Westminster: Spudshed – Stirling Shopping Centre 27/04/2021 5.15pm – 6.00pm
Victoria Park: Swan Taxi Victoria Park 27/04/2021 1:50pm – 2:45pm
Joondalup: ThaiThymes – Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre, Joondalup Drive 22/04/2021 6:30pm –8:00pm
Morley: Kung Fu Kitchen – 129 Russell Street 21/04/2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Northbridge: City China Garden 20/04/2021 5:00pm –8:00pm
Northbridge: Good Fortune Roast Duck House 19/04/2021 5:00pm –8:00pm
Northbridge: Fortune Five All Day Dim Sum & BBQ 18/04/2021 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Kardinya: Kitchen Inn – 19/17-23 South Street 18/04/2021 12:00pm – 2:00pm
East Victoria Park: Anything La Corner – U5-6/910 Albany Highway 17/04/2021 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Source: Western Australia government