Grand final plans unchanged despite NSW truck driver's positive COVID test after WA trip

The AFL grand final will still take place without restrictions in Perth despite a suspected COVID-positive truck driver entering Western Australia last week.

© Hamish Hastie WA Premier Mark McGowan, Health Minister Roger Cook, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson, Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson, press conference Perth lockdown July 2, 2021. Picture: Hamish Hastie

The New South Wales truck driver returned a negative test on September 13 before driving with a co-driver across the country and entering WA on September 16.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook said it was understood the drivers slept in their truck and had minimal contact with others and followed health directions.

“The drivers have informed WA Health that they wore masks at all times when they were out of the truck. This has been confirmed by CCTV footage at least one location,” he said.

On September 19, the driver returned a positive COVID test back in NSW.

The second driver has so far returned negative tests, which Mr Cook said was encouraging.

The drivers made stops in several country WA towns and exposure sites will be updated on the Healthy WA website.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said there were no changes to COVID rules being contemplated, including at Saturday’s grand final.

“In terms of the risk profile, and I expect that we’ll get questions for instance about the AFL grand final, there is no change that has been planned in respect of the conduct of the game, or indeed any other conditions,” he said.

Acting WA Chief Health Officer Paul Armstrong said the risk at the moment was “quite low”.

“This chap slept in his vehicle; he was vaccinated once so that gives a level of protection; his only close contact that we have found so far, he’s also tested negative,” he said.


Video: Another truck driver tests positive to COVID in South Australia (ABC NEWS)

“So we think overall it’s low risk, but our contact tracing team will be doing the best this afternoon to work out what others he may have been in contact with.”

“Whether he was infected on his way back to New South Wales or on his way to Western Australia that’s not really clear yet.

“His level of these tests showed quite low-level results, which could mean it was an early or a late test.”

Earlier this month the WA government introduced tough new rules for truck drivers entering WA from high or extreme risk states such as New South Wales and Victoria.

Drivers from these states will have to return a negative COVID test within three days before crossing the border or submit to a rapid antigen test at the border.

Any driver who does not have a negative result or does not have a rapid antigen test will not be permitted to enter WA.

Those rules came after two COVID-positive truck drivers from New South Wales entered the state in late August.

No other cases resulted from those drivers’ trip to WA.

The most recent case and his co-driver did not undergo rapid antigen tests at the border because they had returned a negative result in the three days prior.

Earlier in the day, Mr Cook announced it would be mandatory for all port workers to have had at least their first dose of the vaccine before they can access “exposed” vessels.

“Shipping provides Western Australians with vital imports, as well as ensuring our highly lucrative exports are carried across the globe, but these vessels also bring with them the risk of importing COVID-19 into our community,” he said.

“We need to be ever-vigilant and continue our best efforts to keep the virus out.

“This is why it has been decided that port workers who interact with exposed vessels must now be vaccinated.

“They are on the frontline, up and down our coast, and we need to keep them and our community safe.”

The WA government also announced that from this week West Australians could drop in to selected pharmacies and receive a free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

We tried Skims for the first time and are obsessed with these pieces

If you’ve truly been Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you’ve probably seen a zillion references to SKIMS, a.k.a. Kim Kardashian West’s next-level brand for underwear, loungewear and shapewear. With any ... Read more »

Cryptocurrencies post record inflows in latest week -CoinShares data

FILE PHOTO: A representation of virtual currency Bitcoin and U.S. One Dollar banknotes are seen in front of a stock graph in this illustration By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) ... Read more »

How the Queen transformed into Lady Christina Sherwood as a teenage princess

Costumes made for a teenage Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret when they took to the stage in an Old Mother Red Riding Boots pantomime are to go on ... Read more »

EU drug regulator OKs booster doses of Moderna's COVID shot

FILE – In this Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 file photo, vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are seen at the Assad Iben El Fourat school in Oued Ellil, outside Tunisa. ... Read more »

We Now Know Who Will Direct The Pilot For The Disney+ Percy Jackson Series

20th Centruy Fox Every day, the Disney+ “Percy Jackson” television show gets closer to completion. The live-action series will likely arrive on the streamer a decade after the two not-so-well-received ... Read more »

Customer acquisition is near-term focus, not maximising profitability: Falguni Nayar, Nykaa

© Asha Menon Customer acquisition is near-term focus, not maximising profitability: Falguni Nayar, Nykaa Beauty and fashion e-commerce company FSN E-Commerce Ventures which operates Nykaa is launching an IPO with an ... Read more »

IPL: From Gomti Fighters to Awadh Hunters, social media abuzz with 'name-dropping'

© Provided by The Times of India LUCKNOW: Moments after the announcement of an IPL team for Lucknow, on Monday, the social media was flooded with suggestions of names for ... Read more »

Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of 'Rust,' killing its cinematographer. Here's a timeline of the shocking incident.

© Andres Leighton / AP Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M.. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western being filmed at the ... Read more »

Kellogg's Is Facing A $5 Million Lawsuit For Not Having Enough Strawberries In Their Pop Tarts

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never taken a bite out of a strawberry-flavored Pop-Tart and thought, “Wait, this could use more strawberries.” Most of the time, I’m munching ... Read more »

Hosting Emirati general, Israel sees airpower cooperation

© Reuters/CHRISTOPHER PIKE FILE PHOTO: Israeli, U.S. officials on historic flight to UAE to formalise normalisation deal By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The chief of the United Arab Emirates ... Read more »

Teyana Taylor: How ‘Miss You Sex' Adds to Marriage With DWTS' Iman Shumpert

© Provided by US Weekly Teyana Taylor How Miss You Sex Adds Marriage With DWTS Iman Shumpert Knowing what’s important. As Iman Shumpert continues to compete for the mirrorball trophy ... Read more »

Why Facebook whistleblower and her ‘crypto friends' moved to Puerto Rico

Frances Haugen said she moved to Puerto Rico in part to be with “crypto friends.” When Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen isn’t flying around the world urging lawmakers to regulate her ... Read more »

Donald Trump Jr. sells tees mocking Alec Baldwin ‘Rust' set tragedy

Donald Trump Jr. is using a horrific tragedy to mock the actor who skewered his father on “Saturday Night Live.” © Provided by New York Daily News This t-shirt, which ... Read more »

10 Anti-Inflammatory Smoothies That Are Perfect for Fall (Sans Pumpkin Spice)

Before summer even ends, pumpkin spice everything starts taking over. The candle section at Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, every coffee chain in the country…the tell-tale smell of the sugary syrup ... Read more »

China to start vaccinating children as young as 3 against COVID-19

China plans to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to children as young as 3 years old. © Getty Images China to start vaccinating children as young as 3 against COVID-19 Authorities ... Read more »

Julianna Margulies Defends Playing an LGBTQ Character on The Morning Show: 'I Am an Actress'

© Provided by People AppleTV+ Julianna Margulies is defending her decision to portray an LGBTQ character in The Morning Show. During an appearance on CBS Mornings Monday, the three-time Emmy ... Read more »

Haiti hospitals and telecoms hit by fuel shortage as gangs tighten grip

Hospitals and telecommunication services in Haiti have warned that services could be halted due to fuel shortages caused by the growing grip of criminal gangs on the capital Port-au-Prince.  © ... Read more »

Inside abandoned zoo with remains of great white SHARK floating in tank with razor sharp teeth intact

PHOTOS have revealed the insides of an abandoned zoo which was once home to the remains of a great white shark floating in a tank. Spooky footage showed the huge ... Read more »

1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K wins Best in Show at Greenwich Concours

Michael and Joannie Rich were looking for just the right car, and in the end, the right car found them. It proved to be a match made in concours heaven. ... Read more »

Tesla Pulls FSD Beta Update, Issues Quick Fix After Harsh Driver Feedback

Tesla has already rolled out another Full Self Driving (but not really) beta build after it initially pulled an updated version this weekend following a series of driver complaints. © ... Read more »

Anti-vaccine protests: School leaders welcome ‘any action' to protect students from Covid demonstrators

School leaders have welcomed “any action” to help keep anti-vaccine protesters away from pupils, in response to calls for local authorities to issue exclusion zones. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s ... Read more »

A growing number of colleges are abolishing student loans to avoid making the $1.7 trillion debt crisis worse

© Provided by Business Insider Camille Tokerud/Getty Images A growing number of colleges are removing student loans from financial aid packages, offering grants instead. Colgate University, for example, is offering ... Read more »

Paramedics face ‘insurmountable' crisis unless Covid brought under control, Government warned

Ambulance services are facing a crisis that could prove “insurmountable” unless efforts are made to bring the Covid pandemic under control, paramedics have warned. In a letter to Health Secretary Sajid Javid, paramedics from ... Read more »

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell still hasn't given a basic response to Dominion's $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit

© Provided by Business Insider MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington, Thursday, June 24, 2021. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Mike Lindell and his ... Read more »

Covid cases and hospitalizations are growing in northern states

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo As temperatures begin to drop, COVID-19 cases and hospitalization are beginning to rise in a cluster of states in the U.S. north. While ... Read more »

Biden visits New Jersey to promote agenda as House looks to hold votes this week – live

LIVE – Updated at 17:31 © Photograph: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images The US Capitol in Washington DC on 24 October 2021. President will deliver remarks on his Build Back Better agenda, ... Read more »

Mastercard partners with Bakkt to power crypto payments and rewards

© Provided by City AM Mastercard has taken another stride into the crypto space by partnering with Bakkt, a digital assets payments platform. Mastercard will allow its US partners to ... Read more »

Pune district reports 179 new Covid cases, 2 deaths

© Provided by Hindustan Times As per the state health department, Pune district reported 179 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths due to the infection, on Monday. (HT PHOTO) PUNE As ... Read more »

Barapullah phase 3 work 80% done, land acquisition final hurdle

© Provided by The Indian Express Work on Barapullah Phase 3, which aims to connect Mayur Vihar with Sarai Kale Khan and INA in South Delhi, is 80 percent complete, ... Read more »

Govt staff working on extension to be sacked; plan against drugs soon: CR Paatil

© Provided by The Indian Express Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil on Monday said the state government has decided to sack several employees who are working on the extension since ... Read more »

Tesla breaches $1 trillion market cap

Tesla Inc on Monday breached a trillion dollars in market capitalization, the fifth U.S. company to join the club, which includes Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Alphabet. Read more »

Pupils left ‘upset and intimidated' by anti-vaccination protests outside school

Pupils have been left feeling “upset” and “intimidated” by <a href="/tag/anti-vaccination“>anti-vaccination campaigners outside the school gates and the campaign could be making some children hesitant to get the Covid-19 jab. ... Read more »

Democrats mull tax on assets of US billionaires

US President Joe Biden’s Democratic allies are considering imposing a tax on the wealthiest Americans, a longstanding goal of the political left that could finally be enacted to pay for ... Read more »

MacOS Monterey is here: How to download Apple's newly released operating system

MacOS Monterey has finally arrived. Apple’s new operating system for Macs launched at 10 a.m. PT on Oct. 25. The Monterey OS comes alongside upgrades to Apple’s MacBook line, including multiple new M1 chips and a ... Read more »

Tromsø: 46 new corona cases registered in the last 24 hours

A total of 46 new corona infection cases have been registered in Tromsø in the last 24 hours. According to Tromsø Municipality, 318 corona tests were carried out on Sunday. ... Read more »

Texas Tech fires head coach Matt Wells

Texas Tech is moving on from Matt Wells. Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported Monday that Texas Tech has dismissed Wells as its head football coach. Wells was in his third ... Read more »

Russian nation-state actor behind SolarWinds cyberattack at it again: Microsoft

The same actors behind the SolarWinds breach that infiltrated nine U.S. government agencies is attempting to do the same targeting the global supply chain, researchers from Microsoft have concluded. Russian ... Read more »

Biden watches kid's infrastructure project topple during trip to NJ school

President Joe Biden talks to pre-k students building blocks at East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey. AFP via Getty Images President Biden watched a preschooler’s infrastructure project ... Read more »

Joe Judge is the anti-Matt Rhule

Two second-year NFL head coaches going about it in very different ways. Joe Judge does not emote, ever, in his postgame messaging. He does not give the fans — most ... Read more »

Li Hongyi creates ice cream website featuring reviews & map of places worth trying in S'pore

© Provided by Mothership Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Those who believe that there is no such thing as too much ice cream might be pleased ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic