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WA COVID disaster: Hotel security guard the latest COVID case

One new locally-acquired COVID-19 case has been reported in WA overnight. However, the backpacker outbreak remains at 16 with the new case unrelated to the Delta cluster.

Premier Mark McGowan revealed the new infection in a Facebook post this afternoon

“The new local case is a quarantine hotel security guard and is not linked to the Delta backpacker cluster. There were no new cases related to the Delta backpacker cluster recorded overnight,” the post read.

“The guard returned a positive test result as part of a daily routine oral swab, undertaken as part of his employment. He is vaccinated and is being transferred to hotel quarantine. Three identified close contacts, who are all asymptomatic, are isolating and being tested.

“Investigations are underway as to how he contracted the virus, including genomic sequencing to determine what variant he has.”

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