Latest Perth COVID-19 update for week commencing Monday 18th of January.

As borders will begin to ease with New South Wales and Queensland from Monday 25th of January, Western Australia has recorded only 3 new cases of COVID-19 and now has 12 active cases within the state.

Western Australia COVID-19 daily breakdown

  • Monday 18th: 0 new cases
  • Tuesday 19th: 1 new case
  • Wednesday 20th: 0 new cases
  • Thursday 21st: 0 new cases
  • Friday 22nd: 2 new cases

Of the three new cases all were male aged in their 30’s and 40’s. All cases are from returning travellers and all are now in hotel quarantine.

The Department of Health has reported that there are a total of 12 active cases being monitored in the state – all of which are in hotel quarantine.

Western Australia has now recorded 890 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 707,133 tests performed in WA. Of those tested, 111,045 were from regional WA.

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To date, eleven cases of variant strains have been detected. Of these cases, nine are the B.1.1.7 strain and two are the B.1.351 variant strain.

869 people have recovered from the virus in WA

WA Hard Border to ease with New South Wales and Queensland

WA border update will see Queensland and NSW restrictions relaxed from Monday, but arrivals will still need to follow strict protocol:

  • 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. 

When will Western Australia allow quarantine free travel

Western Australia usually requires States to go at least 28 days with zero community cases before it allows quarantine-free travel.

Currently, South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and NT are the State and Territories considered very low risk by WA.

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Wastewater test returns no expected detection

Comprehensive and weekly wastewater testing has been ongoing since November at six of Perth’s wastewater treatment plants – Subiaco, Woodman Point, Alkimos, Beenyup, Gordon Road and Point Peron.

These tests have continued to return no expected detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

It has been reported that the Subiaco plant is the only one to have detected inactive viral fragments of SARS-CoV-2 due to the plant processing wastewater from the State-run quarantine hotels.

This continues to be encouraging news as it is important to note that the virus is not live in the wastewater, so there is no cause for community concern.

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