Coles among Covid hotspots as flights put on hold

Ash Cant and Australian Associated Press
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Several potential exposure sites have been identified by health authorities, after WA reported new cases of community transmission with the state mulls a lockdown.

On Saturday, WA Premier Mark McGowan confirmed a man aged in 20s, who worked at the Pan Pacific Hotel had tested positive for Covid-19.

WA Health confirmed the man is aged in his 20s and works as a security guard at the Pan Pacific Hotel, which is being used for quarantine.

He worked at the hotel between April 24 and 26 and was active in the community on his days off from April 27 to April 30. 

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan speaks to the media during a press conference in Perth, Monday, April 26, 2021.
A hotel quarantine worker in Wester Australia has tested positive for Covid-19. Source: AAP

Two of the hotel quarantine worker's housemates - a roommate and a guest from Canberra - also returned positive tests on Saturday.

Five other close contacts have been identified and tested negative.

As a result of the new cases, several potential exposure sites have been identified, including a Coles supermarket and Event Cinemas.

Anyone who has been to the locations listed on WA Health's website must get tested for Covid-19 and self-isolate for until you receive a negative result, unless you have been advised by authorities that you are a close contact.

Several locations have been listed as exposure sites. Source: AAP, file
Several locations have been listed as exposure sites. Source: AAP, file

The potential exposure sites are:

  • Nollamara: Pharmacy 777 – 84 Hillsborough Drive on 30/04 between 4pm - 5pm

  • Mirrabooka: Mirrabooka Mosque: Masjid Al Taqwa on 30/04 between 1:15pm - 2:00pm

  • Madeley: Puma – 186 Wanneroo Rd on 30/04 between 11.45am – 12.15pm

  • Banksia Grove: Liberty Fuel, corner of Porrecta link and Pinjar Rd on 30/04 between 10am - 10.30am

  • Wanneroo: Brookside Medical Centre on 30/04 between 8am - 9am

  • Nollamara: Pharmacy 777 – 84 Hillsborough Drive on 29/04 between 6pm - 7pm

  • Balcatta: Coles - Prime West Northlands Shopping Centre on 29/04 between 4:30pm – 5:15pm

  • Scarborough: Caltex – 74 Scarborough Beach Rd on 29/04 between 1.15pm - 1.45pm

  • Victoria Park: All Night Pizza Cafe on 28/04 between 10pm - 12am

  • Joondanna: Agha Juice Cafe on 28/04 between 6:50pm – 8:00pm

  • Morley: Event Cinemas – Galleria Shopping Centre on 28/04 between 6.45pm - 7.15pm

  • Balcatta: Coles – Prime West Northlands Shopping Centre on 28/04 between 2pm - 3pmm

  • Balcatta: Smokemart - Prime West Northlands Shopping Centre on 28/04 between 1:30pm – 3:15pm

  • Balcatta: Northlands Fresh - Prime West Northlands Shopping Centre on 28/04 between 1:30pm – 3.15pm

  • Westminster: Spudshed – Stirling Shopping Centre on 28/04 between 1.30am - 2.30am

  • Westminster: Spudshed – Stirling Shopping Centre on 27/04 between 5.15pm - 6pm

  • Victoria Park: Swan Taxi Victoria Park on 27/04 between 1:50pm – 2:45pm

Community on 'standby' for lockdown, flights paused

Mr McGowan did not impose a lockdown on Saturday, but said but warned that could change by Sunday or Monday.

"We are effectively in a holding pattern and I hope we can avoid going back into lockdown," he said.

The premier said health authorities had asked for time to conduct contact tracing over the weekend.

The early detection of the cases, combined with WA's interim restrictions following a snap three-day lockdown last weekend, were the factors that justified holding off on another lockdown, the premier said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Ministry of Health has paused direct flights from Western Australia, following the new cases of community transmission.

A general view at Perth domestic airport in Perth on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
New Zealand has paused direct flights from Western Australia. Source: AAP

"Ministry officials have conducted a rapid public health assessment for New Zealand, and have determined scheduled direct flights from Western Australia to New Zealand should be immediately paused while a further assessment is carried out, including a further assessment and information from Australian health officials," a statement issued on Saturday said.

Anyone who has been to any of Western Australia's potential exposure sites and recently arrived in New Zealand should immediately self-isolate and call Healthline.

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