WA marks one week without new coronavirus cases

May 06, 2020

By SBS Australia

Western Australia has recorded seven consecutive days of no new cases of coronavirus, as the premier flagged announcing a "road map" for easing restrictions this weekend.

Only 14 active cases remain in the state, including seven patients in Perth hospitals, while 528 people have recovered.

Premier Mark McGowan described the results as "amazing, incredible and terrific" and said his government's plan to ease restrictions would be released as early as the weekend following a national cabinet meeting on Friday.

While the state government was focused on loosening restrictions that would boost the economy and keep people safe, the hard border closure would remain in place for now, he said.

 

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan.

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan.

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"While WA has responded very strongly to the COVID-19 threat, we're not out of the woods yet," Mr McGowan told reporters on Wednesday.

"Any easing of restrictions in WA will only occur based on health advice.

"We'll continue to take a cautious and considered approach going forward to protect West Australians and get our economy going again in a COVID-safe way."

Mr McGowan described WA's unemployment situation as "diabolical and very serious", saying the estimated 10 to 11 per cent rate was "way too high".

"It's catastrophic for many people, it's catastrophic for many businesses, it's very sad to see it," he said.

 

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Public schools had an average attendance rate of 73.5 per cent on Tuesday, which the premier said was good given the circumstances.

Ordinarily, the attendance rate is between 85 and 90 per cent, he said.

Meanwhile, the state government has announced a study testing asymptomatic students will be expanded to include fly-in, fly-out workers.

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Chevron Australia managing director Al Williams said the economic impact from the virus had been felt by everyone.

"I don't see our industry being more impacted than the local businesses in our community," he said.

Health Minister Roger Cook said WA was in a strong position, but reiterated there was no room for complacency.

"As we move to Mother's Day this weekend, please be in your mother's company, let her know you love her, but don't be in her embrace," he said.

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