WA lockdown begins after local COVID-19 case, NSW-Qld border blockades removed, Captain Tom Moore contracts COVID


“No doubt about it, that is difficult. But by the same token we need to be sure we don’t have another round, we don’t have another spread of this infectious disease getting out of control in our community,” he said.

“We know how easily it can happen, we know what the community has gone through.”

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Premier Daniel Andrews has said in recent months that Victoria’s upgraded contact tracing processes now rival NSW’s contact tracing as the best in the country. Yet Victoria has imposed tougher travel restrictions than NSW, where visitors from WA can enter but must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Mr Donnellan, when asked if immediately making Perth, south-west Western Australia and the Peel region a “red zone” was a measured and proportionate response, said there was still much that the Western Australian government was scrambling to discover about the outbreak.

“That’s what they’re assessing at the moment and once they provide us certainty with their assessment of how many cases they’ve got, their level of community transmission, then we will review that,” he said.

“But let me be clear, we don’t want to be in a position where we are bringing coronavirus back into the state after the hard work the community’s done to get on top of it.”

Mr Donnellan said the government was contacting people already in Victoria who had visited the affected Western Australian areas since January 25, aided by the permit system that requires everyone entering Victoria to register their personal details.

“It is a tracking system in a sense to know what’s going on, and that’s very useful for actually getting the message across, letting them know you’ve got to get tested within 72 hours, you’ve got to isolate and you’ve got to wait for a negative test,” Mr Donnellan said.

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Record one-day rise in global infections, NSW-Qld border battle continues, Victoria COVID-19 case average falls, NSW transmission increases, Australia death toll at 897


Infections in the United Kingdom have reached record levels with more than 17,000 new cases reported on Thursday.

“We are seeing a definite and sustained increase in cases and admissions to hospital. The trend is clear, and it is very concerning,” said Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director for Public Health England.

France’s new daily COVID-19 infections remained above the record 18,000 threshold for the second day on Thursday, with new measures to curb the outbreak expected.

The average number of new infections reported in Belgium has been increasing for seven days straight and Germany reported its biggest daily increase in new cases since April on Thursday.

While India still leads in the globe in most new cases reported per day, new infections are down 20 per cent from its peak.

In the US, which has the largest total number of cases and deaths in the world, new infections are edging higher along with the most hospitalised patients since early September.

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