WA will further clamp down on border restrictions with the east, the WA Health Minister has announced.
From midnight tonight, exemptions for travellers from Victoria will be tightened.
With three new cases of coronavirus in returned overseas travellers on Thursday, Roger Cook says we need to step-up our response to slow the flow of arrivals.
“As of this morning we have 1507 people in hotel quarantine,” he said.
“Based on the current flight plans, our best estimate is that number will grow to over 2000 by the weekend.”
Nobody will be allowed to enter WA if they’ve been in Victoria within the past 14 days – unless they fall into a strict group of exemptions, include healthcare and freight workers and those with specialist skills needed.
“If you’re a traveller from Victoria in the last 14 days, you’re not welcome,” Mr Cook said.
“Everyone permitted to enter will be served with notice if they have been in Victoria within the last 14 days and will need to take a COVID test on day 11 while in WA or when symptoms develop.”
He added that police would continue to perform checks on people in self-quarantine.
WA is also extending its state of emergency for another 14 days, until July 23.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the date was likely to be extended further, given the situation in other parts of the country.
“We are not immune from this virus,” he said.
“It’s for the public safety of everyone.”