Western Australia lockdown is OVER after finding zero Covid cases all week despite fears a quarantine worker infected with the UK mutant strain had spread it across Perth
- The lockdown of Perth, ePeel and South West will end at 6pm on Friday
Western Australia will end its five-day lockdown of the Perth, Peel and South West regions at 6pm on Friday after recording no new cases of Covid-19.
The state recorded no locally-acquired cases and one from a returned traveler, who is in now in hotel quarantine.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said he is ‘so relieved we have got to this point’ during a press conference on Friday afternoon.
‘I can confirm we will exit lockdown at 6pm tonight. The only reason that could change was if local cases were recorded this afternoon,’ he said.
A masked woman ties her laces before going on a run in Perth’s Hyde Park on Friday. The five-day lockdown of Perth, Peel and South West will end at 6pm on Friday
Mr McGowan also announced a $500 offset on electricity bills for businesses and charities impacted by the lockdown – which is a total package of $43million.
‘The $500 offset will be available to approximately 85,000 eligible Synergy and Horizon customers,’ he said.
‘It is estimated to provide, on average, up to two months of bill relief. This is a $43 million package for 85,000 customers.
‘I know this won’t cover the cost of a lockdown. I understand, but I hope it does provide some form of help.’
He said businesses and charities whose bills are managed by others will also be able to apply within the coming weeks, which will increase the total cost of the package.
WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) said he is ‘so relieved’ that Perth’s lockdown will end after the state recorded no locally-acquired cases on Friday
Staff clear the tables at a pub on Scarborough Beach in Perth just before a lockdown came into effect on Sunday. Mr McGowan announced a $500 offset on electricity bills for businesses and charities impacted by the lockdown – which is a total package of $43million
There were 8,307 tests overnight and nearly 50,000 tests since Sunday, when the lockdown began.
The lockdown was sparked by one case in a security guard at the Sheraton Four Points hotel who unwittingly roamed the streets of Perth while infectious.
Of the 191 close contacts, 190 have returned negative results while one traveled overseas before they could be tested.
Meanwhile, 306 people out of the 317 casual contacts have returned negative results so far.
Officials are continuing to investigate how the guard contracted the highly contagious UK strain of the virus from a sick guest.
Perthians wear facemasks after getting takeaway coffee in Perth. While the lockdown ends at 6pm, Perth and Peel residents will still have to wear masks until 12.01am on February 14
The lockdown will soon be over for metropolitan the Perth, Peel and South West regions at 6pm on Friday.
But Premier Mark McGowan previously announced a range of restrictions will remain in place for Perth and Peel until 12:01am on Sunday February 14.
All residents, including teachers and high school students, must wear masks while outside of their homes except for during vigorous outdoor exercise.
A 20-person limit will be imposed on all private indoor gatherings while a four square metre rule and a cap of 150 attendees will apply to hospitality and retail venues and weddings.
Restaurants, pubs and bars can only have seated service and only essential travel is permitted in and out of the combined Perth and Peel regions.
No restrictions will remain for the South West.
Two women wear face masks as they enjoy iced coffee in Perth’s Hyde Park on Friday. Perth and Peel residents will still have to wear masks outside unless they exercise until next Sunday