Perth Coronavirus Update: WA Coronavirus Total Reaches 205, Rottnest Island Will Be Used For Quarantine Zone & More

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30 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed overnight in WA.

Australia has now eclipsed 2,300 confirmed cases and WA has reached over 200 confirmed cases with another 30 overnight bringing WA total to 205.

Just as alarming the world has now gone past the 400,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus with a total now over 422,000.

Key talking points from the WA coronavirus media conference:

  • 30 new cases confirmed overnight
  • No passengers will be let off the Magnifica cruise ship unless in life-threatening condition
  • Rottnest Island will be used as a quarantine zone for Australian passengers from Vasco da Gama
  • Liquor restrictions are now to be applied throughout WA
  • Cancellation of elective surgery

Summary of the new 30 cases

Of the new 30 confirmed coronavirus cases 18 males, 12 females with ages from 21 to 80.

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8 of the new cases are from regional WA, including 4 in the South West and 1 each in the Kimberley, Great Southern, Pilbara and Wheatbelt.

Rottnest Island is to be engaged as a ‘Quarantine Zone’

WA Premier has confirmed that 800 Australians of which 200 are Western Australians are on board the Vasco da Gama, which is due to dock in Fremantle on Friday.

These passengers will be immediately transferred to Rottnest Island for 14 days of self-isolation.

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All other crew and international passengers will remain on the ship until such time arrangements can be made for these passengers can be transferred safely back to their home country – they will not disembark the ship and be able to roam the streets.

Liquor restrictions hit WA

Under the new liquor restrictions coming into force this morning (perhaps off the back of one punters bulk Chook purchase), daily limits will restrict people to purchasing the following:

  • Three bottles of wine
  • One carton of beer, cider or premix spirits
  • One litre of spirits
  • One litre of fortified wine
  • People will be able to purchase across two of those categories under the rules

Read more: WA Government Enforce New Perth Liquor Restrictions

Cancellation of elective surgery

Mr Cook reiterated that all elective surgery has been cancelled – allowing for greater hospital capacity both public and private are gearing up to be ready to receive coronavirus patients as required.

More to come.

Watch: WA COVID-19 update from Premier Mark McGowan, Health Minister Roger Cook and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.

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