WA COVID update: Busy pubs, bars and cafes on exposure list as five mystery COVID cases reported
Western Australian health authorities are scrambling to find the cause of five mystery new cases of COVID in the community, as the state reported 13 infections overnight.
Eight of the new cases are linked to known clusters, while three other nightclubs have joined the growing list of exposure sites.
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Magnet House and Amplifier Bar in Perth’s CBD and the Bollywood Bash event at the Aberdeen Hotel in Northbridge are among 10 new hotspots visited by a positive case.
WA Health said several of the cases were infectious in the community and urged anyone with symptoms in the Perth, Peel, Wheatbelt and South West regions to get tested.
Investigations continue to find out where the five mysterious cases contracted the virus.
“Some of today’s cases were community contagious,” the health authority said.
“Contact tracers are working with these cases to determine potential public exposure sites which will be uploaded to the HealthyWA website once confirmed.”
There were also 11 cases of returning interstate travelers overnight.
All cases are under quarantine.
New sites on alert
The latest health advice says to get tested immediately and self-isolate until you test negative if you’ve been to any of the following places:
- The Karalee on Preston, Como from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on January 26
- Bailey Brewing Co, Henley Brook from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 26 and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 27
- Cedar Cafe, Cannington from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on January 27
- Ciao Italia, South Perth from 8 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on January 27
- Aberdeen Hotel Northbridge – Bollywood Bash Event, Northbridge from 11:30 p.m. on January 28 – 2 a.m. on January 29
- Magnetic House, Perth from 2:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. on January 29
- Amplifier Bar, Perth from 2:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. on January 29
- Uncle Billy’s Chinese Restaurant, Northbridge from 3:30 a.m. to 4:24 a.m. on January 29
- Tribute to Coffee and Cooking, Shelley from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on January 29
- The Coffee Club (Westfield Carousel), Cannington from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 29
G2G passes approved
Although WA’s hard border may not fall on Feb. 5, the state is preparing to ease the rules for those with strong family ties.
The hard border has prevented hundreds of people from being reunited with their families and loved ones in WA.
But eligible travelers can now apply for G2G passes to enter the state starting February 5, with applications beginning to be approved from Tuesday morning.
Police are urging the more than 24,000 people stranded outside WA to resubmit their G2G pass applications.
On January 20, Prime Minister Mark McGowan announced the indefinite delay at the border, saying travel exemption rules would instead be relaxed from February 5 to focus on “safety and compassion”.
The expanded exemption criteria mean that approved interstate travelers will be allowed to enter WA with quarantine and testing for limited reasons, including:
- West Australians back with family ties
- Humanitarian grounds
- Urgent and essential drug treatment
- Provision of specialist skills not available in WA
- Commonwealth and State officials
- Special Considerations
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said more than 24,000 people were asked to resubmit their G2G applications overnight on February 5.
He said the police had received a lot of inquiries and interests so far.
“We already received 10,000 applications in the early hours of this morning,” he told ABC Radio.