An urgent alert has been issued for 16 venues in Perth after they were visited by a security guard working at a quarantine hotel who tested positive to Covid.
Residents who visited any of the 16 locations, including a Coles supermarket, a KFC and a 7-Eleven at specific dates and times have been told to get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
The venues are spread across the suburbs of Maylands, Midland, Morley, Cloverdale, Burswood, North Perth, Perth and Nedlands.
Long queues are seen outside Coles in Maylands, one of the potential exposure sites, in Perth, on Sunday
Anyone who visited the KFC Maylands (pictured) on January 27 from 6pm to midday must attend a Covid clinic to be tested
Those who attended Spudshed, Coventry Village in Morley (pictured) on January 27 from 8pm to midnight must also get tested
Anybody who visited one of the following locations must seek Covid testing immediately and self isolate until they receive a negative result:
- Coles Maylands on January 25 between 8pm and 10pm and January 29 between 8pm and 9pm
- KFC Maylands on January 27 between 6pm and midnight
- Mitsubishi Motors in Midland on January 27 from 7pm to close
- Spudshed, Coventry Village in Morley on January 27 from 8pm to midnight
- ECU Joondalup on January 28 from 11am to 2pm
- Consulate general of India in St Georges Terrace on January 28 at 5pm
- Halal Grocery Store in Cloverdale on January 28 from 7pm to 9pm
- Venus ladies and gentleman hair design in Maylands on January 29 between 1pm and 3pm
- Perth Convention Centre on January 29 between 4pm and 6pm
- Nedlands GP on January 29 between 5pm and 6pm
- Chemist Warehouse North Perth on January 29 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm
- 7-Eleven Ascot petrol station on January 29 from 8pm to 9pm
- Coles Express Shell Clovedale on January 30 between 12pm and 3pm
- Puma Service Station in Burswood on January 30 from 11am until 12pm
- Pharmacy 777 at Maylands Park shopping centre on January 30 from 2.30pm to 4pm
The alert comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned the next few days will be difficult for the 80 per cent of Western Australia’s population who will not be allowed to leave home except for four essential reasons.
‘The coming days will be difficult for many Western Australians but we’re confident WA will be able to get on top of the current outbreak,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘A big thank you to everyone in WA for your patience and cooperation as we all work to fight this terrible virus.’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the days ahead will be a difficult period for the Western Australia residents subject to the harsh lockdown
Anyone who attended the Mitsubishi Motors car dealership in Midland (pictured) on January 27 from 7pm to close must get tested for Covid
Shoppers who were at the Coles Maylands supermarket (pictured) on January 25 from 8pm to 10pm and on January 29 from 8pm to 9pm must go to a Covid clinic so they can be tested
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said it was imperative residents came forward for testing and noted it was likely more venues would be added to the list of potential exposure sites.
‘People who have been to these venues on these dates must attend a COVID clinic and get tested,’ he said.
‘In addition, people who live or work in the Falkirk Avenue, Maylands area including Coles, Liquorland and the Maylands shopping precinct should present for a test.
‘They must then go home and isolate until their negative test results are returned.
The investigation is on-going by our public health team, and it is likely more locations will be added following further discussions with the man.’
Residents who have not been to the venues but develop any Covid-like symptoms are also urged to come forward for testing.
Perth, Peel and the South West will enter a strict lockdown beginning 6pm on Sunday and lasting until Friday – impacting about 80 per cent of WA’s population
Those who were at Venus Ladies and Gentleman Hair Design Maylands hairdressers (pictured) on January 29 from 1pm to 3pm must be tested for Covid
Residents who visited the Pharmacy 777 at Maylands Park Shopping Centre (pictured) January 30 from 2.30pm to 4pm must get a Covid test
Mr McGowan warned there may be delays in testing, and suggested people take ‘a hat, sunscreen and some water’ while they queue up in Perth’s scorching hot summer.
Testing clinic locations will be announced shortly and will have extended hours for the foreseeable future.
McGowan declared a state of emergency on Sunday as he revealed the man in his 20s tested positive to the virus after midnight on Saturday.
Perth, Peel, and the South West will enter lockdown beginning 6pm on Sunday and lasting until Friday – impacting about 80 per cent of WA’s population.
The three regions will be closed off to each other with meaning banned from travelling between them without an exemption. Road checkpoints will be set up to ensure compliance.
The employee worked two shifts at Sheraton Four Points in Perth’s CBD, and was stationed on a floor where at least one returned traveller was diagnosed with the UK strain of the disease, which is up to 80 per cent more infectious.
Mr McGowan said genomic sequencing is already underway, but it would be reasonable to accept that the man contracted the mutant strain, and that his close contacts would test positive in the coming days.
Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan held an emergency press conference on Sunday
Residents are pictured queuing to get into a Coles supermarket on Sunday before the harsh five-day lockdown comes into effect
The employee doubles as a rideshare driver, but the premier understands that he had not worked any shifts for the company since Friday, January 23.
The state enjoyed close to 10 months without a single case of Covid-19 in the community, a feat Mr McGowan credits to his tough stance on borders – though this view is disputed by other states.
As per the lockdown orders, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for four reasons; shopping for essential goods like groceries and medicine, seeking medical treatment, exercise for one hour per day and work if a person cannot work remotely.
All pubs, clubs, playgrounds and gyms in Perth will close, while restaurants will be open for takeaway only and visits will be banned to care homes and hospitals.
Schools will remain closed – they were supposed to reopen on Monday for the first day of the year.
Restrictions have also been reintroduced for funerals – limiting them to just 10 people for the duration of lockdown.
Weddings have been cancelled during the lockdown period.
The state enjoyed close to 10 months without a single case of Covid-19 in the community, a feat Mr McGowan credits to his tough stance on borders by closing his state off from the rest of Australia for most of 2020
Residents must wear face masks at all times they are outside and face masks are also compulsory at indoor workplaces.
Masks are mandatory on public transport.
Anybody within the locked down regions were urged to stay put to avoid potentially spreading the virus to regional and vulnerable communities.
‘We are strongly encouraging that everyone in this area who is from another WA region, stay here,’ Mr McGowan said.
‘Do not travel further outside of this area until the lockdown is over.’