WATCH LIVE: WA Premier to give update on positive COVID-19 case in Northbridge
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WA Premier Mark McGowan will hold a press conference at 2:15pm to provide an update on a positive COVID-19 case who bar-hopped nightclubs in Northbridge on Saturday evening.
Authorities have so far refused to respond to journalist questions about the case, with the media getting wind of the significant contact tracing operation on Thursday morning after attendees at various nightclubs in the entertainment precinct began receiving text messages instructing them to isolate and get tested.
Known impacted venues so far include the Geisha Bar, Connections and Perth Mess Hall. WA Health’s exposure site website is yet to be updated.
“You have been identified via the SafeWA app as having been at Geisha Bar when a COVID-19 case was present,” a message to a Geisha Bar patron read.
Perth Mess Hall staff are isolating for 14 days and the venue is waiting for further information from WA Health.
Geisha Bar updated its Facebook page on Thursday afternoon to say it was working with WA Health.
“Hi everyone, we’ve been contacted by WA Health and we’ve been informed that Geisha Bar was an exposure site on Saturday night/Sunday morning between the hours of 12 am to 3 am,” it said.
“We are working with WA health to provide all contact registers and we are waiting on further instructions.”
WA has been free of community transmission since June but this incident throws WA Premier Mark McGowan’s plans to have a restriction-free Christmas up in the air before the state opens its borders on February 5.
“Part of our plan was not to put in place mask-wearing restrictions on businesses, restrictions on numbers of people at various events and all that stuff that is going on in eastern states at the moment over Christmas on New Year’s,” Mr McGowan said on Wednesday.
The Perth and Peel region will likely avoid a widespread lockdown, however, with Mr McGowan confirming it was no longer the government’s intention to use the measure because of the state’s high vaccination rate.
“In terms of a lockdown for Perth or Peel or South West, no, that’s not part of our planning, but if we do have an outbreak before February 5, obviously, we’d put in place public health social issues,” he said.
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