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WA’s state of emergency to roll on: Dawson

WA’s state of emergency will continue for another fortnight, following 10 positive cases of coronavirus earlier this week.

It gives police slightly more power than normal, like the ability to enforce self-isolation orders.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told Gareth Parker on Mornings one of the main criteria for lifting the state of emergency will be when the national requirement to self-isolate after returning from overseas is scrapped.

Meanwhile, Mr Dawson says the crew of a live animal export ship would never have been allowed to disembark at Fremantle regardless of positive coronavirus tests.

Six crew tested positive to COVID-19 and 27 crew were yesterday shuttled to a Perth hotel for quarantine. They weren’t showing symptoms, but it’s hoped that will stop further spread of the virus aboard the Al Kuwait.

Chris Dawson says there was no threat to public health.

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