Community-transmitted corona virus case on day one of Perth lockdown
The WA Health Department has confirmed a positive COVID test result has been returned from a person within the community on day one of Perth's snap lockdown As Perth is in a three-day lockdown after a traveller spent five days in the community while infectious.
The second case of community transmission detected in WA dined at the same restaurant in Kardinya as two other confirmed cases linked to the Mercure Hotel cluster.
Central to the government’s concerns are locations visited by a Perth woman and a Victorian man who contracted the virus while completing his mandatory quarantine at the Mercure Hotel.
He has since travelled to Melbourne, where he went into isolation and subsequently tested positive for the virus, but there are concerns he was active in the community for five days from April 17.
The woman, who hosted the man at her Kardinya home after he left hotel quarantine has also tested positive. The woman, a receptionist at a dental clinic in Applecross, went to work while infectious.
Health authorities are working with the new confirmed case to determine any possible close contacts and update the list of potential exposure sites.
Health authorities said all restaurants where cases had dined-in were of higher risk.
- Northbridge: City China Garden, April 20 from 5pm to 8pm;
- Northbridge: Good Fortune Roast Duck House, April 19 from 5pm to 8pm;
- Northbridge: Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant, April 18 from 5:30pm to 7pm;
- Kardinya: Kitchen Inn, 19/17-23 South Street, April 18 from 12pm to 2pm;
- East Victoria Park: Anything La Corner, U5-6/910 Albany Highway, April 17 from 5:30pm to 8pm.
New Zealand and some Australian jurisdictions have effectively shut their borders to Western Australia or enforced tough restrictions on travellers following the outbreak.
The Perth and Peel regions entered day one of a snap three-day lockdown at midnight.
The lockdown is due to end at midnight on Monday but that could change if authorities discover the virus has spread further.
Some people were seen panic buying at supermarkets on Friday, with toilet paper, rice and pasta among the items snapped up.
Meanwhile, popular night-life spots like Northbridge looked like ghost towns on Friday night.
Long lines have been forming at testing clinics since the lockdown was announced, as people scramble to get tested for the virus.
Anzac Day services have been cancelled and people have been urged to pay their respects at dawn from their driveways like they did last year.
- Pubs, bars and clubs, except for takeaway;
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues — no community sport is permitted;
- Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor recreational facilities;
- Cinemas, entertainment venues and casinos;
- Large religious gatherings and places of worship;
- Libraries and cultural institutions.
No visitors are allowed at hospitals, residential aged care or disability facilities unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Weddings and funerals are permitted with a 100-person capacity, but masks must be worn.