Qld quarantine 'ramped up' as WA goes into lockdown


Most of Western Australia will go into lockdown for five days, after a hotel quarantine security guard tested positive to COVID-19.

A five-day lockdown will begin Sunday in Perth due to the discovery of the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus in 10 months in this Australian city, authorities said.

Roughly two million residents of the city must stay at home.

Perth is the capital of the state of Western Australia, which has not had a positive case of coronavirus for the past 10 months. But this does not mean there won't be more positive test results.

The lockdown affected four-fifths of the population of Australia's geographically biggest state, and the rest were asked not to travel.

It is believed to be more infectious than Covid-19 strains previously detected in Australia. "Now we are asking for your help once again", McGowan said.

House Speaker Tony Smith has advised MPs coming from lockdown areas in WA not to attend Parliament tomorrow.

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Pubs, bars and clubs, gyms, indoor sporting venues, playgrounds, skate parks, outdoor recreational facilities, places of worship, libraries and the Crown casino are among venues that must close. Visitors to aged care home or hospitals will not be allowed unless under exceptional circumstances.

"I am calling on all Queenslanders to keep up the good work, make sure you're following the health advice, particularly around check-in processes when you're out in the community".

Masks will also be mandatory for any essential travel, including on public transport.

The WA lockdown affects Perth metropolitan area, the Peel and South-West regions of Western Australia since 25 January.

"What we're trying to do is have a (short) period of disruption rather than a long period of disruption, and therefore some adverse health outcomes", McGowan said. Still, it is also of necessity because the virus can spread rapidly and can cause quite a devastation.

People who arrived in the NT from WA between 25 January and 31 January must have a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until they return a negative test.