Coronavirus crisis: WA’s COVID-19 tally hits 205

Staff reporterThe West Australian
VideoWA recorded 30 new COVID-19 cases overnight bringing the state’s total to 205

WA has 30 new recorded cases of COVID-19, Health Minister Roger Cook revealed today.

The State’s virus tally now stands at 205, up from 175 yesterday.

Eight of the new cases are from regional WA, including four in the South West and one each in the Kimberley, Great Southern, Pilbara and Wheatbelt.

Five of the new cases are among cruise ship passengers.

The two children who have been diagnosed in WA are well and are self-isolating with their families, Mr Cook said.

Premier Mark McGowan said several cruise ships were due to arrive in Fremantle and nobody would be allowed to disembark, except in a life-threatening emergency.

He said WA needed to do all it could to avoid repeating the Ruby Princess saga, which saw coronavirus-positive passengers roam the streets after the ship docked in Sydney.

“We’ve seen what happened in Sydney Harbour, it was a complete and utter disaster,” he said.

Mr McGowan said it was “concerning” that an increasing number of cases were linked to cruises.

“About one in four confirmed cases in WA are linked to cruise ships over east,” he said.

The Premier called for West Australians to continue social distancing, saying “we’re all in this together”.

“Please, I know a majority of you are doing the right thing. Please continue to do so, you’re doing your duty as a West Australian,” he said.

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