Flights to Western Australia to resume as Perth avoids lockdown

Laverne Higgins
May 2, 2021

A baby boy has been diagnosed with Covid in hotel quarantine after arriving in Western Australia from overseas with his parents.

Anyone who has arrived from Perth in recent days is being asked to check locations of interest of the latest cases, and monitor their health.

However, he said there were no plans to impose a lockdown on Sunday as was earlier feared.

Meanwhile, there are four new MIQ cases but no new community cases in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health says.

Two travellers from red zone countries had mingled with some green zone passengers on three flights to New Zealand, one of which returned a positive Covid-19 test last week.

About 750 passengers who travelled either directly or indirectly between Western Australia and New Zealand between April 27 and May 1 were being contacted by the Ministry of Health's contact tracing team.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said the state would not go into lockdown "at this point".

Two locally acquired infections were found after the virus leaked out of the Mercure quarantine hotel, where a couple had tested positive after returning from India.

No cases have been reported in the Cook Islands since January 3.

It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand is low.

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Western Australia health officials are meeting this morning to decide whether they will implement further restrictions or a full lockdown.

McGowan said the state was able to avoid a lockdown this time based on the restrictions that had been in place over the past week.

"What has saved us from having a lockdown immediately is the fact that during the course of last week when these people were in the community. everybody was wearing masks and we had a very quiet society", McGowan added.

The ministry says 397 passengers were aboard three flights which left Brisbane International Airport for New Zealand, after a green zone breach at an airport cafe on Thursday.

Of those passengers, 27 people have confirmed they were in the locations of interest.

"While the public health risk is deemed low, we must all remain vigilant as we enjoy the opportunities Quarantine-Free Travel has given us".

A hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive for Covid-19 in Perth on Saturday.

WA contact tracers are contacting all the restaurants they visited and locations where they delivered food to direct people to isolate and test for COVID-19. The man had worked at the Pan Pacific Perth, and may have been infectious in the community since April 27.

A reminder for people who may need a COVID-19 test - please visit Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) for all testing locations in Auckland.

Both positive cases revealed in routine testing on April 24 stayed on the same floor the guard was working.

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