Coronavirus crisis: Health Minister Roger Cook confirms 26 new WA confirmed cases
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WA has 26 new recorded cases of coronavirus, bringing the State's total to 231.
Minister for Health Roger Cook said in addition there have been 23 people who have recovered. 11,288 West Australians have so far been tested for COVID-19.
“Of 221, 10 are still to be contacted and interviewed,” he said.
Seventeen of the new cases are males and nine females ranging from the age of seven to 81.
One of the adults is from the Pilbara.
It bring the regional total up to six in the South West, three in the Kimberley, two in Wheatbelt, two in the Great Southern two in the Pilbara, two in the Mid-West and one in the Goldfields.
Eleven coronavirus patients are in Perth hospitals with three in a critical condition.
Mr Cook said all the COVID-19 cases so far investigated appeared to be related to overseas travel, cruise ship passengers or close contact with people who had travelled internationally.
The number of cases related to cruise ship passengers has gone up to 55.
One man in his 70s has been taken off the Artania for a non-coronavirus related life threatening emergency.
“As a precaution he is being treated in a negative pressure room in Fiona Stanley Hospital,” Mr Cook said.
Mr Cook said it is not his call on whether seven COVID-19 positive patients should be taken off a cruise ship anchored off Fremantle.
Nine passengers are in self-isolation on the Artania which is supposed to cruise to South Africa.
He did say there were “issues” which needed to be addressed with the seven patients as their conditions could deteriorate quickly.
“We get advice from the medicos, the clinical teams in place and they will provide us with the guidance with the best way to treat them,” he said.
“The message we’ve got from the ship is they’re treating all these patients in an isolated part of the ship and they don’t believe there is any unnecessary spread of the virus around the ship.
“The ship remains under the control of the captain and we are simply there to provide the necessary health support should that be required.
“This ship basically should move on as quickly as possible, it is the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government.”
Mr Cook was peppered with questions at the press conference about Australian Medical Association WA president Andrew Miller calling for broader lockdown.
He didn’t respond specifically to Miller’s comments, but said everyone should just be working together.
“WA along with the rest of the country is in a crisis, and in a time of crisis that is a time for leadership, that’s a time for people to step up and be part of a time,” he said.
“There’s only two teams here … you are either on team WA or on team COVID-19.”
“We are all in this together and together we will get through it.”
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