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Mark McGowan press convention: Premier updates State on COVID-19 following National Cabinet

WA has recorded one new COVID case overnight – a 27-year-old unvaccinated backpacker who was infectious while in the community.

Announcing the latest infection, Premier Mark McGowan said the man had shared a bathroom with a previous case.

He was transferred to hotel quarantine on Thursday morning and four new exposure sites have so far been linked to the man, all in the Fremantle area between Boxing Day and December 28.

They include Farmer Jacks Spearwood on December 26, climbing gym Portside Boulders in O’Connor on December 27 and Domino’s East Fremantle and BP Fremantle on December 28.

The Health Department also last night added exposure sites for a case announced Wednesday at Preston Beach south of Mandurah, the Bunbury Train Station and the Bunbury to Perth Australind Train on December 28 – with anyone on that service required to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

Premier Mark McGowan.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Restrictions in Perth and Peel including mask wearing and bans on nightclubs and major events have not been extended to the South West despite the new exposure sites.

“We haven’t considered that at this point in time,” Mr McGowan said, adding anyone visiting the South West from Perth until January 4 was required to wear a mask.

The number of untested close contacts linked to the current outbreak – which now stands at 13 cases – dropped to 40 overnight, 16 of whom Mr McGowan has previously said were unlikely to be found because they had provided false details when purchasing tickets to a rave at the Perth Mess Hall that became a superspreading event.

“Of the 40 yet to be tested, 31 were patrons from the Perth Mess Hall Event,” Mr McGowan said.

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