New coronavirus cluster in WA doubles as more cases found

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the livestock ship docked at a port in Western Australia.

The new cases take the total number of workers on the Al Kuwait with the virus to 12, after an initial six were confirmed when the ship arrived in Fremantle, south of Perth, last week.

All but three of the infectious individuals were taken to the Novotel Hotel in Perth on Wednesday to be isolated, with the remaining people are yet to be transferred off the ship.

A dozen crew members from the ship have now been confirmed to have the virus. Source: AAP

A further two people, who were in close contact with the infectious cases, will also be quarantined at the hotel, WA Health said on Thursday.

Ten other crew members on the ship have all been tested for the virus, the department said.

There are now 18 active cases in the state including one person from WA, five from interstate and 12 from the Al Kuwait.

The sheep are being held in feedlots and sending them to local abattoirs is considered a last resort.

More to come.

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