Western Australia coronovirus update as at 20 July 2021

WA Health is reporting eight new cases of COVID-19, which were announced yesterday afternoon – crew members linked to the BBC California vessel.

Two more crew members from the BBC California vessel have also returned a positive COVID test this morning, outside of the usual reporting cycle and will be updated in tomorrow’s reported numbers Serology tests for the vessel crew members are still to be received.

The State’s COVID total is now 1046.

WA Health is continuing to monitor 17 active COVID-19 cases: the 10 linked to the BBC California that docked at Fremantle Port yesterday, six cases in hotel quarantine and one who remains in a Perth hospital in a stable condition.

All BBC California crew members have been tested and will remain onboard isolated in their rooms until further notice.

To date, 1022 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 1153 people were swabbed at State-run clinics.

To date there have been 1,466,545 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 178,024 were from regional WA.

A list of testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

Vaccination

Yesterday, 9166 people received a COVID-19 vaccination – 5299 of those were second doses.

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard (external site).*

Updated travel advice for South Australia

The State Government has also issued advice for travellers who have recently returned from South Australia, after a public health alert was issued today, transitioning it to a ‘low risk’ jurisdiction. People must follow the advice below, effective immediately:

  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS (external site) registration and declaration.
  • Complete a health screening on arrival.
  • Scan your G2G PASS and then verify you have suitable premises for self-quarantine.
  • If you have suitable premises, enter self-quarantine for 14 days. If not, you will be directed to enter a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days.
  • You must wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at suitable self-quarantine premises or government-approved quarantine facilities. In addition, if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight while in WA airspace and while inside the airport (with some exceptions – e.g. children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask).
  • You must present for a COVID-19 test on Day 12 if still in WA.

The G2G Now (external site) app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from low risk jurisdictions are encouraged to download and use the app.

Anyone who has visited exposure sites (external site) in South Australia is required to be tested within 48 hours, quarantine for 14 days and get tested again at day 12.

Travel advice for Victoria

Victoria transitioned to a medium risk’ jurisdiction (external site) last week following the latest health advice:

  • You are not permitted to enter Western Australia without an exemption through a G2G PASS (external site).
  • If permitted entry, you must self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days. If a suitable premises is not available, you will be directed to a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense.
  • Approved travellers are subject to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12 of quarantine, or at any point when symptoms develop. A mask must be worn while travelling to and from a COVID Clinic.
  • You must wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at a suitable self-quarantine premises or government-approved quarantine facilities. In addition, if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight while in WA airspace and while inside the airport (with some exceptions – e.g. children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask).
  • The G2G Now (external site) app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from medium risk jurisdictions are encouraged to download and use the app.

Travel advice for Tasmania

WA Health issued advice for travellers who have recently returned from Tasmania, after a public health alert was issued for parts of that state on 10 July.

The Tasmanian Department of Health has released a list of sites (external site) that were visited by a person who tested positive for COVID-19 two days after they left the state and arrived in London.

While the risk to the Western Australian community is considered extremely low, anyone who has recently arrived into WA from Tasmania and has been to one of the exposure sites during the relevant times is required to get tested within 48 hours and then present for 12-day testing.

Border controls

Information about border controls (external site) is available online.

Variants

To date, 106 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 37 Delta strain.

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19.

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