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Coronavirus disaster: Premier Mark McGowan gives latest COVID-19 update

Premier Mark McGowan has revealed there have been 17 new cases of coronavirus overnight, bringing the State’s total to 453.

The new COVID-19 cases are aged between 26 and 78 years.

Mr McGowan said nine of them were related to overseas travel, three were from cruise ships including one from the Ruby Princess, which was controversially allowed to dock in Sydney.

Three of the cases were close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 cases and five are under investigation.

There are currently 59 people confirmed to have coronavirus in Perth hospitals, with 18 people in intensive care.

All but one of the new cases are in the metropolitan area, with the other case in the Great Southern.

“All these types of numbers are encouraging, but by no means can we be complacent,” Mr McGowan said.

“We have to follow the advice and practice good social distancing.

“It seems like this has been going for a long time, but we have only just started this battle here in WA.

“I’m so proud that WA has risen to the challenge.”

Mr McGowan urged people to keep up social distancing, hygiene and, where appropriate, self-isolation, adding that “the biggest weapon in this war is you”.

“This is a marathon not a sprint. We are heading into the storm, not out of it,” he said.

Speaking from Rockingham where he lives, the Premier revealed that 159 West Australians will be landing at Perth Airport today from overseas.

“All of these people will be transported to a Perth hotel for enforced quarantine for 14 days,” he said. “We need to be aware of this and understand this will continue to be a risk when it comes to COVID-19 cases in WA.

“It also highlights just how important forced quarantine is.”

More to come.

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