Perth: Single Covid case in Western Australia results in 5-day lockdown for two million

The Perth metropolitan space and the Peel and South West areas of the Australian state at the moment are beneath “full lockdown,” Premier Mark McGowan introduced Sunday, with residents solely capable of go away their properties for important procuring, medical wants, train, and for jobs that can not be executed at residence or remotely.

Faculties, most companies, leisure venues and locations of worship are all closed, and eating places restricted to takeaway solely.

“It is a very severe state of affairs and each considered one of us has to do all the pieces we personally can to assist cease the unfold locally,” McGowan stated.

The Perth metropolitan space and the Peel and South West areas have a mixed inhabitants of greater than 2 million individuals, with the overwhelming majority dwelling within the state capital Perth.

The drastic measures come after a person in his twenties who labored as a safety guard on the Sheraton 4 Factors, a resort quarantine facility, examined constructive for the coronavirus. Of the 4 lively instances on the resort whereas the person was on shift, two had been carrying the United Kingdom pressure and one the South African pressure of the virus, that are believed to be extra contagious than different variants.
Members of the public attend the Rivervale drive through Covid-19 testing clinic on February 01, 2021 in Perth, Australia.

“We’re instructed the guard was engaged on the identical flooring, as a constructive UK variant case,” McGowan stated. As the person had labored two 12-hour shifts on January 26 and 27, it was potential he had contracted the UK pressure, the Premier added, although he stated “precisely how the an infection was acquired stays beneath investigation.”

Officers are calling on all individuals who visited a specified checklist of venues on a sure date to get examined. All shut contacts of the person are required to quarantine for 14 days.

“Western Australians have executed so effectively for thus lengthy however this week it’s completely essential that we keep residence, keep bodily distancing and private hygiene and get examined when you have signs,” McGowan stated.

With a inhabitants of round 2.76 million, Western Australia has recorded 902 coronavirus instances because the pandemic started, although it at present solely has 12 lively instances, based on the state’s well being division. Over 800 of the state’s confirmed instances are amongst worldwide vacationers and individuals who arrived by cruise or different vessel, with lower than 100 locally-transmitted instances in whole.

Australia has recorded a complete of 28,811 instances, with 909 deaths, the vast majority of which occurred within the southeastern states of Victoria and New South Wales. The nation has proven success in controlling the coronavirus by stringent lockdowns and tight border controls, with all worldwide guests required to endure testing and quarantine.

Final yr, the southern state of Victoria was positioned beneath tight lockdown for nearly two months with the intention to comprise an outbreak across the metropolis of Melbourne.

However whereas the broader measures had been efficient, officers within the state confronted criticism for a “laborious lockdown” that was enforced towards 9 public housing towers in Melbourne. Round three,000 residents of the towers weren’t given advance warning of the lockdown, which prevented them from leaving their properties for any cause for over 5 days.

CNN’s Jessie Yeung and James Griffiths contributed reporting.

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