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On Wednesday, more than 16,000 jabs were administered in WA, including more than 9000 second doses.
As of 11am this morning, with 7,092 tests conducted yesterday, I can confirm we have recorded zero new local cases since the weak positive case reported late yesterday. pic.twitter.com/H3P7fdLUgO
— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) August 5, 2021
There are 83 close contacts of the FIFO worker who must get tested and isolate for 14 days, and most of them are from the mine site.
A further 554 casual contacts have been identified, and Mr McGowan said he expected the number to grow.
More than 7000 people were tested on Wednesday, and the Premier urged people to keep checking the list of public exposure sites.
“This is an unusual case, but we are taking it very seriously,” Mr McGowan said.
The good news means WA will likely avoid having to go into another lockdown, but Mr McGowan warned people against complacency.
“We don’t want to see our hard work undone,” he said.
“While the news so far is encouraging, we still need to follow the health advice.
“We’re not out of the woods yet.”
More than 7000 people were tested on Wednesday as the number of close and casual contacts grows. Picture: Matt Jelonek/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The FIFO worker, a maintenance contractor aged in his 30s, was at Perth Airport on July 20 while another man from Queensland was also at the airport.
The Queensland man, who had returned from the Philippines and completed two weeks of quarantine, had been denied entry to WA and isolated at a hotel before flying to Brisbane.
He later tested positive for Covid-19, and authorities believe the WA man likely picked up the virus from the Queenslander.
CCTV footage shows the FIFO worker walk past the masked Queenslander.
“That’s as far as we’re aware the only interaction between the two of them,” Mr McGowan said.
“It’s a very, very confusing and odd case because of all these circumstances that are involved.
“As soon as we were advised yesterday …. that there was a serious prospect he was positive sometime after July 20, we assembled facts and advised the public.”
The FIFO worker spent one week at Cloudbreak, then returned to Perth on July 27.
He did not have any symptoms and returned a weak positive test as part of FMG’s testing program.
It was also revealed on Wednesday that the man had previously contracted the virus in March last year.
The BBC California is now virus free.Source:Supplied
Anyone who visited one of the following exposure sites must be tested immediately and quarantine until they return a negative result:
Old Faithful Bar and BBQ, 1 Pakenham St, on July 28 from 5pm to 7.30pm
Pathwest waiting room at Fremantle Hospital, on August 2 from 1pm to 3pm
The Indian Ocean Hotel (Indi Bar), 23-27 Hastings St, on July 29 from 7.30pm to 1am
The Subiaco Hotel, 465 Hay St, on July 31 from 6.30pm to 12am
Greenwood Village Shopping Centre, including Coles, Lewis Meats and Bakers Delight, 18 Calectasia St, on July 31 from 2.45pm to 3.30pm
MRKT SPACE, 19 Freeman Loop, on July 31 from 8.30am to 10am
The Southbank Day Surgery, 38 Meadowvale Ave, on August 2 from 1pm to 1.15pm
T3/4 Perth Domestic Airport, Dunreath Dr, on July 20 from 4am to 7am
T3/4 Perth Domestic Airport, Dunreath Dr, on July 27 from 4.30pm to 6pm
The full list of exposure sites can be found here.
Mr McGowan has repeatedly said the only way out of the pandemic is to get vaccinated. Picture: Matt Jelonek/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
There are 10 active coronavirus cases in WA, including two in hotel quarantine, the Greenwood FIFO worker quarantining at a home, five cases on-board the vessel Darya Krishna and two crew members from the same ship in hospital.
One of those crew members is on a ventilator but in a stable condition in the intensive care unit, while the other is in a stable condition in a respiratory ward.
Meanwhile, the BBC California cargo ship has now been cleaned of the virus and will set sail within days.