11/01/2022 - 12:45

Four new cases, likely community spread: Sanderson

11/01/2022 - 12:45

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WA has recorded four new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, with the health minister warning that it was likely there had been community spread of the virus.

Four new cases, likely community spread: Sanderson
One of the new cases is a contact of a returned traveller from Tasmania, who is believed to have the Omicron variant.

Western Australia has recorded four new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, one of whom is suspected of having the Omicron variant, with the health minister warning it was likely there had been community spread.

This morning, Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson confirmed one of the new cases is a contact of a returned traveller from Tasmania, who is believed to have the Omicron variant, and had been infectious while in the community.

As a result, a host of new locations across Perth’s south-east have been added to the list of potential exposure sites, including pharmacies in Bentley and Jandakot, an Australia Post depot, and Woolworths in Bull Creek and Success.

The other two positive cases are connected to a COVID-positive truck driver previously reported, and the fourth case is a truck driver who had travelled from South Australia.

All of the new cases are currently in quarantine.

A further 11 new cases were recorded in the state’s quarantine system, including one from overseas and 10 from interstate.

With the new case potentially marking the third community case of Omicron in WA, vaccine commander Chris Dawson warned that Omicron would be a game-changer and urged those yet to be vaccinated to do so.

“Omicron ... will change our lives," he said.

“We are asking Western Australians to cooperate and understand that the best protection you can get is to get vaccinated.”

The state government has launched ServiceWA, a new integrated app designed to assist with WA’s border transition plan.

The app includes proof of vaccination, check-in at businesses and venues, and access to the G2G Pass for interstate travel.

The app’s launch coincides with confirmation of the state government’s plan to strengthen restrictions for the unvaccinated.

Yesterday, Premier Mark McGowan warned that life was about to become very difficult for the unvaccinated, with a longer-term policy set to be introduced which would prevent them from working in or entering a host of licensed venues, events, restaurants, cafes and gyms.

Currently, proof of vaccination requirements are in place for those attending nightclubs, music festivals and events and hospitality venues with capacity for more than 500 people.

As of this morning, the state's first dose vaccination rate has reached 94 per cent for those over the age of 12, while almost 87 per cent of Western Australians are now fully vaccinated.

Mr Dawson said he expected the third dose vaccination rate for those over the age of 16 to reach 15 per cent by tomorrow.

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