Baby boy tests positive for coronavirus in Perth hotel quarantine after arriving from overseas with parents – as strict restrictions disappear a week after fast lock
- A boy was diagnosed with Covid in hotel quarantine in Western Australia
- The child is the son of a previously reported case in hotel quarantine
- WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan said the state will continue to use snap lockdowns
A young boy in the quarantine of a hotel was diagnosed with Covid after arriving in Western Australia with his parents from abroad.
The child is the son of a woman who previously tested positive in hotel quarantine.
His father tested negative.
The baby’s diagnosis marks the 1,000th case of Covid in the state since the start of the pandemic.
It comes after WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan said Western Australia will continue to use snap-lockdowns to “ crush and kill ” coronavirus outbreaks.
The baby’s diagnosis marks the 1,000th case of Covid in the state since the start of the pandemic
The child is the son of a woman who previously tested positive in hotel quarantine
Restrictions were relaxed in the regions of Perth and Peel on Saturday after a week of tough measures.
Western Australians will be free to come to the footy, but must wear face masks indoors and on public transport under restrictions that will remain for Perth and the Peel region until 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.
The state posted its sixth consecutive day of no new local cases on Friday after Perth and Peel shut down over a weekend.
WA’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry estimates the cost of the lockout and subsequent restrictions at more than $ 200 million.
But the Prime Minister continues to use WA’s isolation to quell outbreaks, the best solution.
“I don’t want to give that away,” he told reporters on Friday.
“The idea that we let it stick and we have constant lockdowns and ongoing measures that take away from ordinary life for a longer period of time, I don’t think this is the right model.”
McGowan said NSW’s response to an outbreak in Northern Beaches last summer led to months-long restrictions and cost billions of dollars.
Small businesses in Perth and Peel that have incurred direct costs, such as the loss of perishable goods, are eligible for $ 2000 support grants.