The Western Australian (WA) government has entered the next phase of the pandemic, unleashing new measures created in preparation for the state’s high case count environment for COVID-19.
Western Australia’s cases continue to grow, and the government triggered on February 7, as the state recorded 265 active cases.
“Western Australia is embarking on the most difficult stages of the pandemic,” said Mark McGowan, Premier of Western Australia. Said..
From February 8th, those who appear to have close contact should be self-quarantined for at least 7 days, even if they are asymptomatic.
The definition of close contact has also changed and is defined as:
- Household members of COVID-19 who came into contact during the infectious period
- Those who have had a close personal relationship with a person who is COVID positive during the period of infection.
- Neither party made face-to-face contact for at least 15 minutes in a non-masked area
- More than 2 hours in a small room with the mask removed
- A person who has been told by the WA Ministry of Health to be a close contact
These measures apply to schools. This means that if one student in the classroom is positive, regardless of whether the other student is asymptomatic, the risk of interruption of student education in 2022 is exacerbated and the entire classroom is I ‘ll go home.
People with symptoms should have a PCR test if available, otherwise they should have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). Reporting positive RAT results is currently mandatory.
Quarantine for approved international and interstate highway travelers has also been reduced to seven days, doubling the weekly international arrival limit to the state to 530. Hotel if the traveler has not been vaccinated.
McGowan had the opportunity to warn state residents of the beginning of a new turmoil and encourage the deployment of state booster shots.
“For two years, Western Australia has avoided the worst pandemics, but as Omicron begins to spread to our community, it will cause problems and disrupt our unique lifestyle,” McGowan said. I did.
“It is very important that we continue to promote the third vaccination, prevent the loss of lives and minimize the disruption that Omicron causes to our community and economy.”
“Unfortunately, these new protocols are not a sign of the end of the pandemic, they show the true impact of Omicron, which began in Western Australia,” he said.
“As always, people in Western Australia overcome this by following health advice and benefiting from high levels of vaccination.”
This was the result of efforts by the Government of Western Australia to protect Western Australians from Omicron, including the blockade of borders between states, and an explosion of incidents on the east coast of Australia last month. ..
The state has reached a vaccination rate of 44% in the population over 16 years old, and McGowan previously suggested that the state should reach 80-90% before the border reopens.
However, while WA cases have only just begun to increase, cases in all other states have peaked and are steadily declining.
The country also began preparing to open a border to a fully vaccinated country at the end of February.