Australia's Perth to enter snap lockdown after one Covid-19 case
Apr 24 2021
Perth has been plunged into a snap three-day lockdown which will have major AFL fixture ramifications.
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To prevent further spread of the virus from India - which recorded more than 300,000 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday - the Federal Government has announced it will scale back flights to and from the virus-ridden nation by 30 per cent.
Perth, as well as the Peel region, entered a three-day lockdown last night after a hotel quarantine outbreak led to community transmission.
A woman who failed to wear a mask at the Super Rugby game at at HBF Stadium on Friday is the first person to be fined under the lockdown measures.
He underwent the legally required quarantine in a Perth hotel and, once released, went to restaurants, a university, a public pool, a doctor's office and a friend's house before leaving the area.
Mr McGowan warned the current hotel quarantine system was not sustainable in its current form.
Mr McGowan also said he had written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, requesting the immediate and potentially permanent halving - from 1025 people per month to 512 - of his state's hotel quarantine burden.
Quarantine-free travel would continue with the rest of Australia, although Kiwis in the country were asked to keep their eye out for the latest news from Australian health officials.
Anyone who visited these locations on the above mentioned dates and times should isolate and get tested as soon as possible. Two people have since tested positive and a third travelled to Melbourne.
Her children have returned negative tests.
New Zealand on Friday paused arrivals from Western Australia, temporarily excluding the state's travellers from a quarantine-free bubble between the countries due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
Australia reported three locally acquired virus cases on Saturday, in WA.
No teams are travelling to Perth next week, with the Derby scheduled to take place.
Authorities fear guests who tested negative at the end of their NSW hotel quarantine and were allowed to leave could have already been exposed to the virus, raising the risk of it spreading in the community.
All other people who have been in Perth and Peel should monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days and, if symptoms develop, should stay at home and get tested.
Tasmania has declared Perth and Peel high-risk regions, with travel and quarantine rules imposed for those coming into the state who may have been in those regions.