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‘We’re still writing the manual on COVID-19’: Dawson

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says discussions on whether to move toward Phase 5 restrictions in WA will happen tomorrow.

WA had been expected to move to Phase 5 on July 18, which would have allowed for a capacity crowd at Optus Stadium for the Western Derby on July 19. However the dire situation in Victoria has meant a reconsideration of the progression dates by the State Disaster Council.

When questioned by Gareth Parker on Mornings about whether Western Australia was moving to an eradication method rather than flattening the curve of coronavirus, Mr Dawson said reacting to health advice had will and will always be the priority.

“We’re still writing the manual on the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no rule book around this so we have had to learn on the run and adapt on the run, and rely, always, on the best health advice we can get” he said.

“That’s been the story for me, as the state emergency co-coordinator from day one and it remains the story today, and it’ll remain the story tomorrow.

Meanwhile, he says bikies using short-stay accommodation to store and make drugs isn’t new.

There have been two cases that came to light this week where large quantities of drugs were found at Airbnb properties in Balga and Manning linked to bikie groups.

Mr Dawson says they’re using the properties so the drugs aren’t kept in their own homes.

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Liam Bartlett