Australian city of Perth to enter snap 3-day lockdown


Western Australia's capital of Perth and the neighbouring Peel region will enter a snap three-day lockdown from midnight on Friday after two people tested positive for Covid-19, the first cases of community transmission in Australia in a week.

'With more and more arrivals coming from India, we need to seriously look at temporarily restricting travel of people who have been in or through India'.

WA Health had reported the infections as being acquired overseas, but genome sequencing has since confirmed transmission occurred at the Mercure Hotel Perth. He was in the Perth community for five days before leaving for Melbourne.

McGowan said he has requested the federal government to cut the number of global arrivals per week into Western Australia to 512 from 1,025.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan speaks to the media during a press conference at Dumas House in Perth. He was advised upon arrival he was a close contact of a positive case in the hotel. "That has just returned a positive result".

Genomic testing has confirmed the virus spread in the corridors of the Mercure hotel from a couple who had returned from India.

McGowan said the lockdown is a necessary measure after two people, including a man who stayed in the hotel and completed quarantine before flying to Melbourne, spent days in the community while infectious.

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South Australia recorded nine new cases in hotel quarantine. He initially tested negative but authorities believe he became ill while in the hotel.

Queensland will require anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since 17 April to comply with the requirements of the WA lockdown. Masks will be required from 6pm Friday.

WA authorities are closely monitoring infections linked back to the strain, which has also been detected in other countries. Residents will only be allowed to leave the home to exercise for an hour, for work which can not be done remotely, medical appointments and to buy essential goods such as groceries. Several hotel quarantine guests have already travelled to other states and territories, Chant said. From 6pm, residents will be asked to wear face masks.

North Melbourne is now in Western Australia ahead of their Saturday night clash with Fremantle.

Fans will also be allowed to watch Friday night's NBL clash between the Perth Wildcats and the Brisbane Bullets at RAC Arena in Perth, with the match scheduled to get underway at 9:30 pm AEST.

McGowan said he has requested the federal government to cut the number of worldwide arrivals per week into Western Australia to 512 from 1 025.

A decision on whether to extend the lockdown will be made on Monday, he said.