Western Australia records 20 new local COVID-19 cases as Perth nightclub clusters grow
Western Australia has recorded 20 new local cases of COVID-19, almost all of which are linked to existing clusters.
Eight of those cases are linked to Perth nightclub clusters, in particular Library Nightclub.
Premier Mark McGowan is urging anyone who has been to an exhibition site or is sick to get tested.
Only one of the new cases is not linked to a previous cluster.
Mr McGowan said the nightclub groups represented a “situation which continues to be monitored”.
Despite the clusters, the Prime Minister said no thought was being given to closing nightclubs at this stage, with mask-wearing already in place and expanded vaccination requirements to be rolled out from tomorrow.
“When the time comes, we will put in place further public health measures,” he said.
“You don’t want to put them on before you need them, and you don’t want them too late, it’s a delicate balance to get it right.
“If you put them on too soon, people will get bored over time.”
Mr McGowan said such measures were currently being analyzed by the government and the director of health.
A total of 5,455 COVID-19 tests were performed statewide on Saturday, down from 7,011 performed the previous day.
There are currently 147 active cases in WA, with one person hospitalized.
AMA continues to push for reopening date
Meanwhile, the WA branch of the Australian Medical Association continues to urge the state government to set a reopening target.
AMA WA President Mark Duncan-Smith said doctors are worried about a reopening delay that could see the state open during the already busy winter peak in hospitals.
“We’re really asking the government for a new target date — within one, two, three months — that doesn’t coincide with the winter peak,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
Dr Duncan-Smith said he was also concerned about the impact of an “open-ended closure” on the community.
“Society [needs to] having a goal, a bit of certainty in the uncertainty, and that would be psychologically better for society and individuals,” he said.
A total of 97.4% of the state’s population over the age of 12 has now received one dose of the COVID vaccine, 90.5% has received two doses, and 33.9% of those over the age of 16 years received a recall.
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