A bulk vessel crew member has been hospitalized in Perth afterfor coronavirus as Western Australia prepares to ease restrictions further.
The MV Emerald Indah docked in Geraldton, 420km north of Perth, overnight after theand “deteriorated quickly”, with bad weather preventing a helicopter evacuation.
says the man was taken to Geraldton Hospital and subsequently flown to Perth after returning a positive test.
“While this is less than ideal, we want to reinforce there is no current health risk to the Geraldton community,” Mr. McGowan told reporters on Monday.
Staff who treated the man in Geraldton had been fully vaccinated and wore protective equipment.
The MV Emerald Indah has set sail for Kwinana, south of Perth, but Mr. McGowan said he wanted the empty bulk carrier gone. “We are currently working with federal authorities to ensure the ship sails away immediately,” he said. The vessel is registered asand has recently been in Indonesia.
None of the other 21 crew members are reported as being unwell.
With the man’s case set to be included in Tuesday’s official numbers, no. It has paved the way for Perth and the Peel region to move to the second phase of transitional restrictions from 12:01 am on Tuesday.
won’t be required outdoors where physical distancing is possible, and hospitality venues will return to a two-square meter capacity and a limit of 150 patrons.
Notable venues, including Optus Stadium and RAC Arena, can operate at 50 percent capacity.
The restrictions will expire following Monday when Perth and Peel are slated to return to pre-lockdown life.
Mr. McGowan said it was encouraging no further cases had been linked to the northern suburbs cluster that plunged more than twointo a four-day lockdown last week.
But he urged West Australians not to get complacent about getting tested.
“It’s telling that many of the cases in this cluster… they were already designated as close contacts, and that’s why we tested them multiple times,” he said.
“But for people in the community, even if you’ve already been tested once, don’t hesitate to get tested again, especially if your symptoms worsen.”
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA has estimated Perth’s third lockdown will cost WAin five months.
Details of a business support package will be unveiled later in the week.
Victoria is reclassified as a “shallow risk” state from Friday, removing quarantine requirements if there are no new cases this.
Police are meanwhile continuing to hunt for a Tasmanian man who allegedly fled quarantine after being denied permission to enter WA.
Kyle Stephens traveled from Tasmania toand Perth on Thursday.
He fled after being formally denied permission to enter thewhile waiting for a flight out, police said.
from Perth to the Geraldton area with another man.
WAon Sunday. The man is the partner of a previous case, a woman exposed to the virus at a gym in Perth’s north.
The man, aged in his 30s, has been isolated since 26 June and is not believed to pose anyrisk.