10/02/2021 - 13:13

No new cases, second jobs ban enforced

10/02/2021 - 13:13

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New restrictions preventing hotel quarantine workers from having a second job will be enforced from next Monday.

No new cases, second jobs ban enforced
Mark McGowan says all four security companies managing the state's hotel quarantine system have signed the contract variation. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

New restrictions preventing hotel quarantine workers from having a second job will be enforced from next Monday, after the state government had security companies sign a new agreement in the wake of the recent outbreak.

During a press conference this afternoon, Premier Mark McGowan confirmed that all four security companies managing hotel quarantine across nine metropolitan hotels had signed the contract variation.

Earlier this week, Health Minister Roger Cook confirmed the agreement included a monetary bonus to ensure the security guards reliant on secondary employment were compensated.

Calls to address the gap in the state’s hotel quarantine system came after a security guard at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Perth's CBD contracted the highly contagious UK strain of the virus from a returned overseas traveller late last month.

The man visited several locations across the Perth metropolitan area in the days after it is believed he became contagious, prompting a five-day lockdown of the Perth metropolitan, Peel and South West regions, and is understood to have also held a casual job as a rideshare driver.

Since the lockdown began 10 days ago, Western Australia has not recorded any new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.

Mr McGowan confirmed that the only new cases of the virus recorded today were two returned residents in hotel quarantine.

More than 6,100 tests were conducted overnight, taking the 10-day total to nearly 90,000.

Given the evolving outbreak in Victoria, Mr McGowan confirmed the state’s border controls and restrictions would remain in place for the time being.

The state government has also moved to ban the use of nebulisers in hotel quarantine, which is reported to be responsible for the most recent outbreak in Victoria.

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