04/05/2020 - 15:44

COVID-19 daily wrap: Zero new cases in WA

04/05/2020 - 15:44

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WA has reported its fifth consecutive day of zero coronavirus infections. Roger Cook has warned Western Australians cannot become complacent, despite four more recoveries overnight. There are 15 active cases in WA.

COVID-19 daily wrap: Zero new cases in WA
Roger Cook has urged more Western Australians to download the COVIDSafe app. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira
  • Western Australia has reported its fifth consecutive day of no coronavirus cases, with the state’s total remaining at 551.
  • It is the 12th time the state has recorded zero new infections since February 21. WA reported no new infections over the weekend and only two new cases last week.
  • The state, however, recorded its ninth coronavirus death yesterday after an 83-year-old woman died at Royal Perth Hospital.
  • Four patients recovered overnight, reducing the state’s active cases to 15. Of these cases, 11 are Western Australians, one is from interstate and three are from the Artania cruise ship. Two active cases are in regional WA.
  • Seven COVID-19 patients remain in Perth hospitals, of which three are in intensive care. There are now 527 people who have recovered from the virus.
  • Health Minister Roger Cook today said it had been 22 days since the state recorded a locally-acquired coronavirus infection that could not be traced from a known contact or to overseas travel.
  • “It’s good to report that we haven’t seen this in WA for a while, in fact it’s much longer than the incubation of the COVID-19 virus, so we can say that’s well and truly out of our system,” he said.
  • “This further reinforces our view that we have no sustained community-based transmission in Western Australia.”
  • Mr Cook said only 14 per cent of the state’s positive COVID-19 cases were locally acquired from a known or unknown source.
  • The health minister however warned Western Australians could not become complacent, citing Victoria’s recent increase in COVID-19 cases, with 45 new infections reported since Friday. Half of these are related to a meat processing plant in Melbourne.
  • “This is a serious reminder that we cannot become complacent,” Mr Cook said. “If we do we may see clusters like this pop up in Western Australia and will obviously have to respond and respond quickly.”
  • Mr Cook has urged Western Australians to continue social distancing and keep good hygiene, as well as download the COVIDSafe app.
  • There have been 47,029 COVID-19 tests performed in WA.
  • Malaga-based manufacturer Adarsh Australia will produce up to 10,000 face shields for WA’s surgeons and ENT specialists under a new state government contract.
  • Two-time Perth Wildcats championship player Nick Kay has opted out of his contract, the second of the NBL team's top players to exit the club after the NBL cut players' pay by half. The Australian Boomers representative's exit follows NBL MVP Bryce Cotton opting out of his contract last week.
  • After announcing player salary would be cut by 50 per cent, the NBL allowed players to opt out of their deals up until May 4. Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson paid tribute to Mr Kay not only as a player, but as a person. “I believe Nick has the ability to be playing at the highest level so, while we’re extremely disappointed, I appreciate his desire to explore those opportunities," Mr Gleeson said. “He’s a great teammate with a tremendous work-rate and is a joy to coach. He will always be welcome back at our club.” 

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