WA records no new COVID-19 cases
No new cases have been recorded of the highly infectious Delta strain of COVID-19 in WA overnight, putting the State on track to further ease restrictions on Tuesday.
Barring any new developments over the next few days, West Australians will be able to ditch their masks when outdoors on Tuesday.
And businesses will no longer be subjected to the 4sqm rule and 20-patron cap.
Instead, there would be a move to the 2sqm rule and the lifting of customer limits to 150.
If WA continues to defy the odds and contain this latest coronavirus outbreak, which plunged Perth and the Peel region into a four-day lockdown, life should return to normal on July 12.
The first case of the new COVID-19 strain reared its ugly head in WA in Perth’s northern suburbs on June 27 after a woman returned from Sydney.
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Miraculously, only four other cases of the strain have been recorded.
Premier Mark McGowan said WA now had 1029 total COVID cases.
He said 8925 tests had been conducted yesterday and that 383 out of 398 close contacts related to the northern suburbs cluster had now returned negative tests.
Dozens of these close contacts had also had five day tests and returned negative results.
A vast amount of casual contacts — 2334 out of 2882 people — had also tested negative.
“This is a great result and shows people are taking the advice and getting tested,” Mr McGowan said.
The Premier said that he expected West Australians to “do the right thing” in coming days and adhere to the COVID restrictions.
“My experience over the course of the last 18 months is that people overwhelmingly do the right thing,” he said.
Mr McGowan said the current restrictions, although tough for small business and other parts of the community, had been necessary.
“The easiest thing would have been to keep us all locked down for two weeks,” he said.
“That would be the most straightforward, easily enforceable, easily understood measure.
“But we had to judge the risk and we have to adjust our settings based on the risk.
“And so we put in place measures we think are feasible in light of the risk.”
Mr McGowan said that getting people vaccinated was the key to returning to a somewhat normal WA — and Australia.
“All the advice is we will get a doubling in our doses of Pfizer,” he said.
“We are happy with that but I just want them to open up (Pfizer vaccines) to over 60s.
“I say this every day. There are low levels of first-time vaccinations for over 60s at this point in time because of the hesitancy with AstraZeneca.”
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