3 new COVID-19 cases in WA are confirmed, hard border with Victoria is dropped.

Latest Perth COVID-19 news over the weekend has seen 3 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed all for overseas travellers returning to Perth.

Of the new cases two are males aged in their 40s and one female aged in her 30s. All three cases are now in hotel quarantine.

The 3 new cases brings Western Australia’s COVID-19 total to 887.

WA Health reported they are currently monitoring 14 active cases and 864 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

Hard border dropped for Victoria

Announced during the week, WA premier Mark McGowan set a date to remove the hard border against Victoria and instead engage a controlled border as of Monday 18th of January 12:01am.

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“I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this process, and for helping keep WA safe.

“Classifying Victoria as ‘low risk’ allows for safe travel under our controlled border, with the important requirement of 14 days of self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test.

“The variant strain has added an extra layer of complexity with how rapidly the virus can spread, so WA’s extra cautious approach is necessary.

Following the latest public health advice, Western Australia’s controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted from Monday, January 18 with travel from Victoria permitted into WA subject to the following strict conditions:

  • Complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days and if they have knowingly mixed with someone from New South Wales or Queensland;
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  • Self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
  • Present for a COVID-19 test on day 11;
  • All Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival;
  • Be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); and
  • Land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise. 

Feature image: AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

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