Man in country Western Australia tests positive for coronavirus after flying home from hotel quarantine in Melbourne
- Man tests positive for coronavirus in regional WA after flying from Melbourne
- The man in his 30s had returned from hotel quarantine and tested positive
- WA Health Department say ‘very week positive’ likely result of historic infection
A man has tested positive for coronavirus in regional Western Australia after flying home from hotel quarantine in Melbourne.
The WA Health Department said the positive result, which was described as a ‘very weak positive’, is likely evidence of a previous infection.
The man aged in his 30s is from Collie in the state’s south-west, 213 kilometres south from Perth.
He had recently returned to Australia from Poland and had tested negative to both tests during his mandatory two-week quarantine.
A man has tested positive for coronavirus in regional Western Australia after flying home from hotel quarantine in Melbourne
‘He tested negative to COVID-19 on all his tests while in hotel quarantine,’ the department said.
‘On his return to Collie, he was retested as part of Vic Health’s follow-up of people post-quarantine.
‘He returned a very weak positive result, which is sometimes seen in people with old, recovered infections.’
The man has been retested, and his three close contacts have also been tested and all are currently isolating.
They are expected to receive their results on Wednesday.
‘We are asking the community not to panic and to be assured that WA Health will advise the community if results indicate this is an infectious case,’ the department said.
The latest case was confirmed several hours after the state recorded no new community transmitted or overseas acquired cases.
There are currently 26 active cases of coronavirus in the state, three of which are in Royal Perth Hospital.
The state remains on high alert after a Perth hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive on Saturday, a week after two million residents in Perth and the surrounding Perth region had a snap three lockdown imposed on them.
Instead, a raft of strict restrictions have been ramped up, including mandatory wearing of masks, shutdown of nightclubs and 60,000 fans locked out of the AFL local derby between West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers later on Sunday.
Crowds will be locked out of Perth Glory’s A-League home match against Melbourne City FC on Wednesday night.
Contact tracers have identified 79 close contacts linked to the outbreak, with 49 so far returning negative tests.
There are a further 429 casual contacts, of which 134 have so far tested negative.