A Perth hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates have tested positive to COVID-19.
The man, who is in his 20s, has had his first vaccine and had previously tested negative to the virus, West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said at a snap press conference this afternoon.
Mr McGowan said the man worked at the Pan Pacific Hotel on April 24 to 26.
The man underwent mandatory testing as part of his role, and his positive COVID-19 result was detected this morning. He attended a number of locations while potentially infectious.
“On his first day off, Tuesday, 27 April, is the day our health authorities expect he may have become infectious in the community,” Mr McGowan said.
“I understand on this day he dropped friends to their workplace and went to a friends house.”
The premier said he visited a shopping centre in Stirling, a Coles in Northside and met with friends later.
“We understand later that evening he developed symptoms which he thought were related to his COVID Pfizer vaccine,” Mr McGowan said.
“On Friday morning, that is, yesterday, he visited a mosque for about 30 minutes and then went to a hotel quarantine facility for his weekly PCR test under the requirement we have in place for hotel quarantine workers. Test results came back and were confirmed to be positive.”
He was living with seven other people in a share house, including two guests from Canberra, and two of those people have also tested positive.
They are all now in quarantine.
Mr McGowan said there is no plan for a lockdown to be implemented in Perth at this stage.
The premier said there were two positive returned travellers on the floor of the hotel the guard worked on, however he said there is not yet a clear link between him and the two cases, but CCTV is being reviewed.
COVID-19 restrictions eased overnight, with masks made mandatory indoors and on public transport in Perth and neighbouring Peel region.
This afternoon, following the announcement of the new cases, Mr McGowan said masks are now being made mandatory outside again.
“What has helped enormously is that, due to the interim restrictions we have had in place since Tuesday, they have significantly reduced movement in the community and everyone has been wearing masks,” he said.
“That gives us some confidence that the risk of transmission is significantly lower than it would normally be. These factors and the fact we have picked up this case as early means we can avoid moving into a lockdown at this point. But it is possible this could change by tomorrow or the day after.”
Cafes and restaurants will return to “pretty much business as usual” but hospitality venues must comply with either the two-square-metre rule or 75 per cent capacity; nightclubs can reopen but will be forced to comply with the four-square-metre rule.
Woman breached trans-Tasman bubble
The news comes after a woman was ordered into Perth’s hotel quarantine system after she breached the trans-Tasman bubble.
She originally travelled from the Cook Islands to Auckland but the Western Australia Health Department said she did not quarantine before boarding a flight to Perth.
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