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Unapproved traveller tests positive to COVID

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There has been one new case of COVID-19 detected in WA.

A woman flew into Perth from NSW without an approved G2G pass on Tuesday September 21. She was tested on arrival and sent to hotel quarantine – the test has since come back positive. WA Police are considering the appropriate penalties.

The 15 people on her flight have also been placed in hotel quarantine and have so far tested negative. There are two casual contacts of which one has been tested and the other is currently being tested.

The Chief Health Officer believes there is no cause for concern, with Premier Mark McGowan reassuring West Aussies the grand final will be going ahead.

Meanwhile, WA’s border to Victoria will be elevated to extreme risk from Wednesday September 29. After this date, travel will be restricted to Commonwealth officials and extreme compassionate cases.

Victoria has reported another 733 new local cases of COVID-19 today and one death.

Premier McGowan urged West Australians with an approved G2G pass to return home immediately.

“Once the reclassification kicks in next week, they will not be able to do so, except for the most extraordinary circumstances, he said.

“We don’t take this situation lightly, however, my priority is the health of Western Australians first and foremost.”

Under the extreme category, the exemptions for approved travellers will be further restricted to Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomats and specialist or extraordinary circumstances determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer. These approved travellers are subject to the following conditions, unless otherwise advised:

  • undertake hotel quarantine at a State facility for 14 days at their expense
  • get tested for COVID-19 on days one, five and 13
  • have returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the past 72 hours before departing
  • receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible.

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