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WA in the clear (for now) after latest COVID scares

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WA appears to have escaped its latest COVID scares, with the contacts of two positive cases who had been in the community all returning negative test results.

Panic erupted last week when Health Minister Roger Cook announced a truck driver from NSW had returned a positive PCR test.

It cast a shadow of doubt over the AFL grand final, however the Melbourne and Western Bulldogs clash was free to go ahead. At the time, authorities described the situation as low risk.

The Health Department today announced all 56 of the truck driver’s close and casual contacts had tested negative to the virus. It was still waiting on eight results yesterday.


All contacts are still in quarantine, where they are expected to remain for 14 days.

Meanwhile, the 18 contacts of a woman in her 20s, who returned from travel on Friday, have also returned negative test results.

And authorities are still monitoring seven active cases of the virus in hotel quarantine.

No new COVID cases have been detected overnight.

The Health Department has also urged people to take advantage of the walk-in jab clinics operating at the Perth Royal Show.

No appointments are required, however appointments take-ups have not been as high as expected.

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WA residents aged 12-15 are also now eligible for a Pfizer jab.

However, those getting the Pfizer vaccine will likely be required to receive a booster shot.

Australian Medical Association WA president Mark Duncan-Smith today said the AstraZeneca vaccine provided better immunity and a third Pfizer shot would be needed for WA residents early next year or 12 months after the second dose.

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