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COVID-19: WA testing clinics struggling with high demand turn people away

West Australians are being asked not to attend COVID-19 testing sites unless absolutely necessary as clinics struggle with high demand.

On Thursday afternoon the Department of Health issued a statement asking those without symptoms, and who haven’t recently visited Victoria to not attend a testing clinic.

“COVID-19 testing clinics are currently experience high demand. If you are a West Australian who is asymptomatic and who has not recently been to Victoria, please do not present for testing,” the statement read.

The high demand is due to Victoria’s recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Victoria will be plunged back into stage three lockdown restrictions, with only four reasons for people to leave home and the return of the 5km travel radius.

Queues at the RPH Ainslie House COVID clinic on Wednesday.
Camera IconQueues at the RPH Ainslie House COVID clinic on Wednesday. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

The lockdown will begin 11.59pm tonight (Victorian time) and is set to end 11.59pm on Thursday, June 3.

It comes as 12 new cases in Victoria emerged overnight — including one announced the previous day — from more than 40,000 tests.

There are currently 34 active cases, including 26 in Melbourne’s northern suburbs cluster.

WA is putting up a hard border with Victoria, Premier Mark McGowan announced on Thursday.

As of 10am, Victoria will be designated a medium risk jurisdiction.

It means travel to WA for anyone who has been in Victoria since May 16 will no longer be permitted.

West Australians will be able to return home but must serve 14 days self-quarantine.

Seven people in WA have been at the exposure sites in Melbourne. All are in hotel quarantine and one has so far returned a negative test result.

Today, clinics saw lines stretch around the block, with some twitter users describing hours spent waiting.

At Royal Perth hospital, some people in line were putting estimated waiting time at four hours.

Sweeping queues were also seen yesterday outside Perth COVID clinics as authorities work to uncover the true spread of Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak.

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