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WA COVID-19 circumstances: One new case recorded linked to Perth Mess Hall

There has been one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 on Boxing Day — a person who attended the Perth Mess Hall rave and had been staying at the evacuated Fremantle hostel.

WA Health confirmed the new case at lunchtime on Boxing Day, saying the new case tested positive while in quarantine and is not “considered to have been contagious while in the community”.

The new case brings the total number of locally acquired cases, all linked to an unvaccinated French backpacker who arrived from Queensland earlier this month, to eight.

All the cases in this outbreak are assumed to be the Delta variant.

There have been 548 close contacts and 998 casual contacts identified, WA Health said.

There was also another case reported overnight — an overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

According to WA Health, there are now 18 confirmed cases in WA — 15 of those are in quarantine hotels and three in self-quarantine.

Just 3,387 people were tested on Christmas Day.

Testing sites across Perth have been quiet over the past two days as the city celebrates Christmas. Not a single person walked into the clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital when The West Australian visited on Sunday morning.

State-run vaccination clinics were closed on Christmas Day but they reopened on Boxing Day.

The Frenchman at the centre of the outbreak arrived in WA on December 12, just one hour before the border restrictions were strengthened with Queensland.

He has been in Australia since before the pandemic. He felt sick on Sunday and got tested on Wednesday, receiving a “strong positive” result on Thursday.

While infectious with the Delta variant, he visited several places including the Mirrabooka shopping centre and multiple Northbridge nightclubs.

Six of the cases caught the virus at a Perth Mess Hall rave, which the Frenchman attended on December 18-19.

On Christmas Eve, hundreds of casual contacts were reclassified as close contacts, meaning they were ordered into self-quarantine for 14 days.

A mask mandate in indoor settings was imposed on Thursday and dancing was banned.

On Friday, after more cases, the Government also banned standing service at all hospitality venues.

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