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Perth coronavirus outbreak: Zero new local cases recorded, but search on for close contacts

Zero new locally-transmitted cases of COVID-19 were recorded in WA overnight, however contact tracers are still working to track down 46 close contacts of a tourist who sparked the State’s latest outbreak.

The Premier took to social media to share the promising update Tuesday morning, which comes just days after people in Perth and Peel were forced to again wear masks amid new infections linked to a sick French backpacker.

“WA Health has confirmed that, as of 10am this morning, WA has recorded zero new local cases of COVID-19,” Mark McGowan said, after 4911 COVID tests conducted on Monday.

Covid-19. A Covid-19 drive-thru testing facility on Elcar Lane in Joondalup.
Camera IconA COVID-19 drive-thru testing facility on Elcar Lane in Joondalup. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

The total number of locally acquired cases related to the recent outbreak sits at ten, including the first case – Case 1,133.

The backpacker visited nightclubs, shopping centres, restaurants and a cinema across multiple Perth suburbs after arriving in WA on December 12.

More than 650 close contacts have been identified, with 46 yet to be tested.

That is down from the 86 close contacts – 39 of whom attended a busy 400-person event at Perth Mess Hall in Northbridge on December 19 – that had yet to be located when the Premier spoke on Monday.

In total, 1109 casual contacts have been identified, with 243 yet to be tested.

“Our contact tracing team is working to identify exposure sites and follow up contacts – but we need you to do the right thing and get tested,” the Premier said.

Three new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in WA overnight. All were related to returned travellers, with two in hotel quarantine and one in self-quarantine.

“The total number of active confirmed cases in WA is now 23, 19 in hotel quarantine and four in self-quarantine,” Mr McGowan said.

The Premier moved on Monday to extend restrictions on gatherings and a mask mandate into the new year over concerns some infected people may be delaying getting tested so they can party.

“This is something that is worrying because we cannot be 100 per cent sure that the Delta virus is not lingering in the community,” Mr McGowan said.

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