WA has new case, likely linked to cluster

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Western Australia has reported a new locally acquired COVID-19 case among bar staff likely linked to the state's Delta cluster.

Two new exposure sites were named on Tuesday afternoon, Perth's Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar and Aviary Bar.

WA Health said the Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar dates and times are related to a new local case, which will be included in Wednesday's figures.

In a social media post, the bar confirmed the case was a staff member.

WA Health suspects the case is linked to the community cluster that started when an infected French backpacker travelled to Perth from Queensland in early December.

If so, it would take the total number of cases in the outbreak to 19, including the unvaccinated 25-year-old male index case

All told, authorities have identified 804 close contacts associated with the outbreak with 25 yet to be tested.

There are also 1452 casual contacts linked to a busy Perth dance party on December 19, many from the traveller community. Four are yet to be tested.

Visitors to Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar at specific times on December 29 and New Year's Eve as well as Aviary Bar on November 30 are advised to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

It comes after WA posted a further 14 COVID-19 cases earlier on Tuesday as the state's hard border leaks infected travellers.

All the new cases are interstate and international arrivals and quarantined, WA Health said.

Two are interstate truck drivers who were tested at the WA border and three cases are international travellers.

Six infections were recent arrivals by air from Queensland and three travelled from Tasmania. None are linked to the Delta outbreak.

Meanwhile, it has not been confirmed if an infected quarantine-hotel security guard who was working at the Pan Pacific has Omicron.

He tested positive on Sunday with 12 close contacts returning negative results, two pending and one person yet to be tested.

The infection is not linked to the backpacker cluster and WA Health said the case remains under investigation.

About 4500 people were swabbed for the virus at WA clinics on Monday.

There are 53 active confirmed cases in the state and 1121 people have recovered from the virus.

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