Australian city of Perth to enter snap 3-day lockdown

Australia's Perth to enter snap lockdown after second Covid-19 case

Western Australia's capital of Perth and the neighbouring Peel region will enter a snap three-day lockdown from midnight on Friday after a man tested positive for Covid-19 after emerging from hotel quarantine.

The man returned a positive test result this morning after completing 14 days of quarantine at a Western Australian hotel.

The few instances of community transmission in recent months have been linked to hotel quarantine in major cities, and all the outbreaks have been successfully contained with similar brief lockdowns.

Victoria's streak of no locally acquired Covid-19 cases has come to an end, with one new local case confirmed.

"I know this is hard to take and I wish we didn't need to do this".

"But we can't take any chances with the virus".

The lockdown will close down most public spaces including pubs, restaurants, places of worship, libraries, and cinemas.

Despite the state's lockdown, the Fremantle-North clash, scheduled for 8:15 pm AEST at Optus Stadium on Saturday, will be allowed to go ahead due to a special exemption.

The federal government on Thursday announced restrictions on new arrivals from India, and McGowan said Western Australia would cut the number of returning Australians allowed into the state each week from overseas.

A worker disposes of waste outside a quarantine hotel where returning travelers are kept in isolation for a period to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, August 21, 2020. "We will do the right thing to keep this to one case, at the moment".

But the system is not foolproof either.

Two Australian states urged staff and guests in COVID-19 quarantine hotels to get tested immediately and fully self-isolate, launching investigations into three suspected cases of travellers contracting the virus from other residents.

Western Australia and New South Wales states are now investigating into cases of travelers in quarantine contracting the virus from infected guests staying in nearby rooms.

North Melbourne is now in Western Australia ahead of their Saturday night clash with Fremantle.

Australia has already tightened its border controls by reducing the number of travellers from India and other virus hotspots.

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