12/05/2020 - 15:46

COVID-19 daily wrap: One new case in WA

12/05/2020 - 15:46

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Western Australia has reported one new coronavirus infection overnight. More than 200 people quarantining on Rottnest Island will return to the mainland tomorrow. Premier Mark McGowan says the state will keep Rottnest as a quarantine facility for now.

Mark McGowan says the state will keep Rottnest Island as a quarantine facility for now. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira
  • Western Australia has reported one new coronavirus infection overnight, bringing the state’s total to 553.
  • The new case is a 47-year old Pan Pacific employee, who was a contact of someone quarantining in the hotel. Premier Mark McGowan says contract tracing is underway.
  • “We do need to continue to treat the (coronavirus) issue seriously, and I think this case arising in an environment where we’ve had a number of days of zero cases, reminds us that we’re not out of the woods yet,” Mr McGowan said.
  • Four COVID-19 patients remain in hospital, with one patient still in intensive care.
  • The premier said more than 200 people quarantining at Rottnest Island, including arriving from South Africa nearly two weeks ago, will return to the mainland tomorrow.
  • “At this point in time, we intend to keep Rottnest Island available as a quarantine facility, should we need it,” Mr McGowan said. “As we know, people continue to arrive from overseas and you never know when you’re going to need a facility of that scale and of that isolation to manage this issue.”
  • “When we can reopen Rottnest, we will,” Mr McGowan added. “It may be some time away. But I think having an island of our own which can double as a quarantine facility is a very good thing, and Western Australia is lucky in that regard compared to the other states.”
  • WA yesterday recorded its highest attendance across public schools so far, with 82 per cent attendance across the state.
  • “If you compare it with the attendance rates in the eastern states, Western Australians are doing extraordinarily better in terms of attendance at school and indeed our safety performance,” the premier said.

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