Baby boy is diagnosed with coronavirus in hotel quarantine

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A baby boy has been diagnosed with Covid in hotel quarantine after arriving in Western Australia from overseas with his parents.

The infant is the son of a woman who previously tested positive in hotel quarantine. 

His father tested negative.  

The baby’s diagnosis marks the state’s 1000th case of Covid since the pandemic began. 

It comes after WA Premier Mark McGowan said Western Australia will continue to use snap lockdowns to ‘crush and kill’ coronavirus outbreaks.

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Restrictions were eased on Saturday in the Perth and Peel regions following a week of strict measures.


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West Australians will be free to flock to the footy but must wear face masks indoors and on public transport under restrictions that will remain for Perth and the Peel region until 12:01am on Saturday May 8. 

The state on Friday posted its sixth consecutive day of no new local cases after Perth and Peel went into a long-weekend lockdown.

WA’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry estimates the cost of the lockdown and subsequent restrictions to be more than $200 million.

But the premier maintains utilising WA’s isolation to crush outbreaks is the best solution.

‘I don’t want to give that away,’ he told reporters on Friday.

‘The idea we allow it to linger and we have ongoing lockdowns and ongoing measures that remove ordinary life for extended periods, I don’t think is the right model.’

Mr McGowan said NSW’s response to an outbreak on the northern beaches last summer had resulted in months of restrictions and cost billions of dollars.

Small businesses in Perth and Peel that incurred direct costs, such as loss of perishable goods, will be eligible for support grants of $2000.

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