The vaccinated girlfriend and housemates of WA’s COVID case 1133 have returned negative rapid PCR tests.
WA was thrown into turmoil on Thursday, after news a 25-year-old French backpacker, who entered the State from Queensland on Sunday December 12, had returned a positive COVID-19 test.
He visited a number of locations throughout WA over the course of the last 11 days, sending authorities into a spin trying to alert contacts.
But in encouraging news, the man’s girlfriend and four housemates – all of whom are vaccinated – have returned negative results from a rapid PCR test.
The man’s girlfriend, however, is showing some symptoms of the virus.
It came to light on Thursday the man had made it into WA just one hour before the State’s border with Queensland with tightened to low risk, after being previously classified as very low risk.
The border tightened at 12.01am on Monday, December 13.
Had the man arrived after midnight, he would have been required to be double dose vaccinated, present for a COVID test on arrival and self quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises.
But as it stood, the man was not required to adhere to such measures, and now WA is on high alert – with authorities scrambling to get in touch with hundreds of potential contacts.
“Queensland was at very low risk, he came in one hour before it went to low risk,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“I’m advised he came in one hour before.
“At the time he left Queensland there had only been a handful of cases in the whole State reported.
“I don’t think he would have been thinking he could be COVID positive, but it turns out he was.”