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COVID Update: One new case & WA’s state of emergency extended

WA’s state of emergency has been extended until May 28 which keeps a number of coronavirus measures in place, like extra power for police.

The situation is reviewed, with the potential for the state of emergency to be extended every two weeks.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told Gareth Parker on Mornings that’s likely to continue for several months, so they can maintain a hard border closure.

Meanwhile, police will form part of the authorities checking if hospitality businesses are doing the right thing from Monday.

That’s when restaurants, pubs, and cafes can again serve limited numbers of dine-in customers.

Commissioner Dawson says they won’t be handing out infringements “willy-nilly.”

WA has recorded one new case of COVID-19 overnight, a woman in her 30’s who has been infected with the virus by coming into contact with an already confirmed case.

There are now 7 active cases in WA.

Health Minister Roger Cook says recoveries are still high in the state.


 1 new case today
 Current WA total – 554
 538 people have recovered – leaving 7 ACTIVE cases.
 The new case is a woman in her 30s who was a close contact of a confirmed case.
 1 of the active cases is in hospital & they are in ICU
 1 of the active cases remains in the Goldfields
 61,267 people have been tested
 Total deaths to date – 9.

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Liam Bartlett