Coronavirus WA: State has 29 active cases after woman tests positive after returning from Middle East

The West Australian
Premier Mark McGowan.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

The number of active COVID-19 cases in WA has risen to 29 after a woman in her 30s, tested positive to the deadly virus.

The woman, who recently returned from the Middle East, had been in hotel quarantine after returning to Australia a few days ago.

Another historical case was recorded of a man in his 40s from the Kimberley who had tested negative in April but has now been found to have had the virus at some stage.

The new cases came as Premier Mark McGowan launched a $2 million holiday within WA tourism campaign titled “Wander out yonder”, which will run for six months.

The Premier said the State usually missed out on about $5 billion of spending by West Australians who travelled interstate and overseas.

“Essentially there is a big outflow if you like of money from the state because of West Australians going elsewhere on holiday, clearly we can’t do that now, so this is the opportunity to spend all that money right here in WA,” Mr McGowan said.

Mr McGowan said he expected the main town centres in the Kimberley – Broome, Kununurra, Derby, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing – would be open to the rest of the State from June 5.

Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia said West Australian tourists spent twice as much per capita as international and interstate visitors to WA.

“Wander out yonder is going to be the biggest holiday in WA campaign the state has ever seen,” he said.

“It’s a moment in time where West Australians can get out there and experience our own State.”

Mr Papalia said the Government had been in talks with airlines to make sure there was plenty of capacity to fly West Australians around the State and he would be making announcements on the issue later this week.

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