Western Australia ends blockade in warning and will happen again until more vaccinations

Western Australian Premier Mark Magawan warned that the blockade would continue to be a “necessary tool” to curb outbreaks until many of the state’s population were vaccinated against the coronavirus.

His warning comes, even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday that territorial leaders in all states agreed to use only blockades as a last resort.

More than 2 million people in the Perth and Peel regions regained some freedom on Saturday after the four-day blockade ended overnight.

No new cases acquired locally have been recorded in the state on Saturday. There are still four active cases in the hotel quarantine.

For the next three days, provisional restrictions will apply, such as mandatory indoor and outdoor mask wear and capacity restrictions at hospitality facilities.

State and federal leaders agreed that the blockade would only be used as a last resort under a four-step resumption strategy related to vaccination rates.

But McGowan says they will continue to be the tools needed to control the outbreak “until enough Western Australians are vaccinated.”

He explained Friday’s national agreement to be very subjective given the contrasting approaches taken by various states to manage pandemics.

“The New South Wales” last resort “version gets 80 cases, expands the community, and has a blockage that can last from weeks to weeks, if not months,” he said. Said.

“Our view as a last resort is not to listen to medical advice, see if the community can grow, and drag it with catastrophic consequences, but immediately. Is trying to kill quickly and efficiently. “

Partner, an Indian Ocean brewery employee, lifts Perth’s third blockade in five months, despite recorded cases of a 21-year-old woman who tested positive earlier in the week Was decided.

He picked up the virus after a brief contact with a 51-year-old woman infected with the Delta subspecies while on vacation in New South Wales.

The 21-year-old woman has been quarantined since Sunday and authorities do not believe she was in the community while she was infected.

Three other cases were detected this week in the northern suburbs of Perth. McGowan said on Saturday that 383 out of 398, or 96 percent, of the close contacts associated with the cluster were negative.

“We can also report that dozens of these close associates took the five-day test and returned negative results,” he added.

In the first phase of the provisional restrictions from Saturday to Tuesday, the hospitality facility will be limited to only 20 patrons and seating services.

People traveling outside Perth and Peel must wear masks and are not allowed to eat in pubs, cafes or restaurants.

From Tuesday to 12:01 am on Monday, July 12, the second phase of the less burdensome restriction will take place, with Perth and Peel returning to their pre-blockade life.

By Michael Ramsey. The Epoch Times reporter, Caden Pearson, contributed to this report.

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