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Coronavirus disaster: WA records five new instances, the highest daily total not related to a ship in three months

WA recorded five new coronavirus cases in hotel quarantine overnight, the highest daily total not related to a ship in three months.

All new cases, include three women and two men aged between 25 and 30, were overseas travellers returning to Perth from either India, Nepal or Brazil.

The state now has 24 active cases, bringing WA’s total to 709 confirmed cases with 676 people who have recovered.

The last time WA recorded a daily case total more than today that wasn’t related to a ship was on July 15, when eight people tested positive while in hotel quarantine.

WA recorded four new cases in hotel quarantine on August 19, after one family who had recently returned to Perth from overseas tested positive.

Philippines-based vessels iron ore bulk carrier Vega Dream and manganese bulk carrier Patricia Oldendorff were WA’s last major outbreaks, however, both have since left the Pilbara coast.

The rising numbers in hotel quarantine come as Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that thousands of Australians stranded overseas could soon return home under a deal to allow people to quarantine near Darwin at the Howard Springs facility.

Ahead of Friday’s national cabinet meeting with State and Territory leaders, Mr Morrison said preparations were in their final stages.

More than 29,000 Australians have told the government they want to return home but are stuck due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The prime minister said more than a quarter of the 4000 Australians considered to be vulnerable had returned home in recent weeks.

Western Australia has recorded five new coronavirus cases overnights, all travellers in hotel quarantine.
Camera IconWestern Australia has recorded five new coronavirus cases overnights, all travellers in hotel quarantine. Credit: Luca Bruno/AP

On Wednesday, 597 people presented to WA COVID-19 clinics, of which 578 were assessed and 576 swabbed.

In total, there have been 456,375 coronavirus tests performed in WA. Of those tested, 77,878 were from regional WA.

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