Fears of WA lockdown mounts as Premier Mark McGowan gives late COVID-19 update

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Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has called an 8pm (WST) press conference on the state’s COVID-19 status after one case of community spread announced earlier today did not prompt a full lockdown.

Fears are mounting that there has been further detection in the community and a lockdown is imminent after Mr McGowan said he would not hesitate to call one should it be deemed necessary.

WA Premier Mark McGowan provides an update on the COVID-19 situation in his state.Credit:Peter de Kruijff

Earlier the Australian Medical Association WA president Mark Duncan-Smith called for a three-day lockdown, saying it would prevent the virus from “outrunning” contact tracers and infecting the community.

Dr Duncan-Smith said the situation was worse than it had been with other outbreaks as it involved the highly contagious Delta variant, and questioned the government’s reluctance to roll out further restrictions.

“The government has previously gone into lockdown with one case in the community and it wasn’t the Delta strain,” he said.

“I don’t know why the government would have changed its policy to deal with a COVID outbreak.”

Mr McGowan said the Department of Health was working as quickly as possible with the rapidly evolving situation.

“Obviously there’s multiple exposure sites, there’s potentially thousands of close and casual contacts,” he said.

“Our contact tracers and our Health people are working as quickly as they can.”

The list of potential COVID-19 exposure sites has been expanded with four new locations in Perth’s northern suburbs after Western Australia recorded a second community case on Monday.

A 32-year-old woman who attended the Mobius Health and Performance Gym in Joondalup tested positive for COVID-19.

The additional sites include Craigie Leisure Centre, the Mirror Park toilets in Ocean Reef, Mullaloo IGA, and Le Shaggy Chic Shack in Ocean Reef.

See the full list of exposure sites below or visit the government website.

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