Much of WA going into lockdown from 6pm after hotel quarantine worker tests positive

Perth, Peel and the South West are going into lockdown from 6pm on Sunday after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive to COVID-19.

The lockdown begins from 6pm today until 6pm Friday, for a five day lockdown.

At an emergency press conference alongside Health Minister Roger Cook, Mr McGowan said he had a serious update.

At midnight last night there had been a positive test result from a male hotel quarantine security guard in his 20s, he said.

Contact tracing is under way.

He was working at the Sheraton Four Points hotel in Perth. At the time there were four active cases in hotel quarantine, with at least three confirmed variant strains. Two from the UK and one from South Africa.

He developed symptoms on Thursday, phoned in sick and did not go to work.

COVID-19 testing clinics are being ramped up, many open until 10pm on Sunday.

The man’s immediate contacts have been tested and placed in isolation.

Mr McGowan says it’s possible this new case has the UK variant of COVID-19.

“This is an extremely fast moving situation,” he said.

“I know for many West Australians this will come as a shock. This is a very serious situation and each and everyone of us has to act responsibly”.

Schools will be closed until next week.

Mr Cook said: “Something went wrong and we need to get to the bottom of that”.

More to come

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