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State records zero active COVID cases

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There are zero active cases of COVID-19 in WA for the first time since the start of the pandemic in February 2020.

The State recorded its first infection on February 16 — 481 days ago — and has had at least one active case in the hotel quarantine system ever since then.

The most recent case was announced on June 1, a guest at the Pan Pacific who contracted the virus from a returned traveller staying in a neighbouring room.

WA’s COVID-free status comes 10 days after the first repatriation flight from India touched down in Perth, carrying 134 passengers.

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They are all staying at The Westin hotel and, so far, none have tested positive.

WA’s first reported cases were Perth tourism pioneer James Kwan and his wife Theresa, who were passengers on the COVID-riddled Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan.

Camera IconChief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson announcing the second case of coronavirus in WA on February 28 last year. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Mr Kwan, 78, was also the first Australian to die from the the virus.

After COVID-19 escaped from quarantine into the community three times in three months, the State Government permanently halved WA’s weekly overseas arrivals cap to 530 people.

The reduction brought WA in line with SA, but well behind NSW (up to 3010 overseas arrivals per week), Queensland (1300 per week) and Victoria (1000 per week).

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