12/01/2022 - 13:30

New COVID-19 case source 'unknown': WA Health

12/01/2022 - 13:30

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Western Australia has recorded two new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, one of whom acquired the virus from an unknown source.

New COVID-19 case source 'unknown': WA Health
While the case did not attend work, she is believed to have been infectious within the community. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Western Australia has recorded two new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, one of whom acquired the virus from an unknown source.

In a statement released this afternoon, the state's health department confirmed an investigation and genomic sequencing was underway to determine where the woman was exposed to the virus and which variant she has.

While the woman did not attend work, the Department of Health said she is believed to have been infectious whilst within the community.

As a result, the 170-strong list of potential exposure sites throughout WA is expected to grow.

The case is now in quarantine.

The other case is connected to the Hyatt Hotel security guard cluster, taking WA’s total number of active cases to 103.

The news coincides with the Northern Territory's elevation to an 'extreme risk' jurisdiction under WA's border arrangement, with travel now restricted to government officials and those given extraordinary permissions.

Meanwhile, more than 30,000 vaccines were administered across state-run clinics yesterday, helping to boost the state’s vaccination rate.

As of today, 94.3 per cent of Western Australians aged 12 and over have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 87 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Almost 17 per cent of Western Australians aged 16 and over have now received their third dose.

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