Coronavirus crisis: Baby boy revealed as WA’s 1000th COVID-19 case

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VideoPremier Mark McGowan has given an update on the COVID-19 situation in WA, after no new cases of community transmission were recorded in the State again today.

WA’s total COVID-19 cases surpassed 1000 today after an infant boy tested positive in hotel quarantine overnight.

The boy is a return traveller and in the care of his parents.

While his mother is a previously confirmed case of COVID-19, the father has not tested positive.

There were 2250 West Australians vaccinated yesterday, bringing the State’s total first dose tally to 98,895. Of those 23,492 have received their second dose.

Today is the first day of eased restrictions in the Perth and Peel regions following a week of strict public health measures on the back of the State’s 3-day lockdown over the Anzac long-weekend.

The lockdown had been triggered when the virus was transmitted from a returned traveller to guests in two other rooms at the Mercure Hotel, then onto a Perth man in his 40s at a Perth restaurant.

The remaining restrictions, which include wearing masks indoors and on public transport, will be in place until an expected relaxation next Friday night.

Tomorrow’s western derby between West Coast and Fremantle is permitted to be played in front of 45,000 fans under a 75 per cent crowd capacity rule for Optus Stadium, however masks will be required.

Under the new rules, masks remain mandatory outside when physical distancing is not possible — such as at major sporting events.

The 4sqm rule will only apply to nightclubs, which could re-open at midnight last night, with masks mandatory.

Indoor and outdoor community sport can resume this week and weddings and funerals can go ahead with up to 200 guests indoors without an exemption. Outdoor gatherings can take place with up to 500 people without a COVID event plan.

Private gatherings at homes has been lifted to 30 without masks and one household can visit a patient per day in a hospital, aged care or disability facility.

Of the 1000 positive coronavirus cases in WA since the pandemic brought the world to a standstill in early 2020, nine have died, 968 have recovered and the remaining are still active.

Of the active cases, 15 are from an unknown source and one is in in ICU.

More than one million COVID-19 tests have been undertaken, almost 150,000 of which have been in regional WA.

Yesterday, 6867 tests were recorded at public or private pathology clinics.

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