A Western Australian man tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Melbourne, but authorities believe it is a historic infection.
A man in his thirties recently returned to the town of Collie, 200 km south of Perth, after 14 days of quarantine in Melbourne.
He returned from Poland to Australia.
WA Health on Tuesday said the man was retested when he returned to Collie and “returned a very weak positive result, which is sometimes seen in people with old, recovered infections.”
He has been re-examined to determine the status of the infection and his closest three contacts are being quarantined until results are returned.
“WA Health believes the test results are likely to reflect a historic infection,” the agency said in a statement.
“We ask the community not to panic and to ensure that WA Health advises the community if the results indicate that this is an infectious case.”
The state did not report a new case on Tuesday.
However, six other public exposure sites, all service stations or fast-food outlets in the northern suburbs of Perth, were identified by WA Health after further contact tracing and review of CCTV footage.
Security guards in their twenties spent several days in the community after being infected while working at a Pan Pacific hotel in the city.
He and his seven cohabitants, two of whom were positive after working as a food delivery driver, were transferred to hotel quarantine over the weekend.
WA Health has so far identified 79 close contacts, 49 negative on the test. The results of about 300 casual contacts are pending.
Prime Minister Mark Magawan said some restrictions on face masks and public rallies would remain until at least Saturday.
“If we need to extend it, we’ll announce it later this week,” he told reporters.
Wednesday’s A-League match between Perth Glory and Melbourne City will take place without crowds, as it happened at AFL Western Derby last weekend.
AFL allowed Fremantle to switch Sunday’s home game with Brisbane to Gabber, and the Round 21 return fixture was moved to Perth.
It was a “right decision” because the premiere wasn’t sure that the Dockers would host the crowd.
WA has paid $ 2 million to support relief efforts in India.
Mr Magawan led the charges of suspending flights from the virus-stricken country, but said the donation had nothing to do with the backlash against his comments.
“It’s about trying to do the right thing in difficult situations,” he said.
WA will also reduce the number of Australian returns per week indefinitely after closing three “high-risk” quarantine hotels.
“We all have a lot of sympathy for Australians abroad, especially those at COVID hotspots,” McGowan said.
Genome testing has shown that Pan Pacific Guard has the same US viral variants as two returnees staying on the same floor.
A guest returning from the United States and a guest returning from Indonesia arrived on the same plane.
Authorities have not yet determined how the guards were infected.
During the holidays from April 27th to 30th, he traveled around the community to shop, meet friends, and visit the Mirabouca Mosque.
A complete list of exposed sites Available on HealthyWA website..
After a three-day rapid blockade, the restrictions enforced in Perth and Peel appear to have reduced the risk of a wider outbreak.