Two new local cases of COVID were recorded in Western Australia overnight, as contact tracers scramble to see if the state’s mysterious infection is the Omicron variant.
WA Health said Thursday that one of the cases is linked to a positive Omicron Hyatt security guard group and the other is a home contact of a previously confirmed case related to interstate travel.
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Both people are in quarantine.
The Ministry of Health said contact tracers are continuing to investigate how and where Wednesday’s case was infected with the virus.
“Genetic sequencing is underway to identify the variant,” WA Health said in a statement.
The woman was contagious while in the community, but WA Health said she did not attend work and there were likely only a limited number of potential exposure sites.
Midland Bonnings and a pharmacy in Atwell were among the exposure sites updated Wednesday afternoon.
COVID quarantine breach
Authorities are still trying to locate a passenger service driver who transported a man infected with the coronavirus who violated the quarantine on Wednesday.
The man, who was in quarantine in a city hotel, booked a car trip to Royal Perth Hospital before being tracked down.
He was taken to the hotel via a designated COVID ambulance to continue self-quarantine.
WA Health said that “strict protocols” are in place in all testing clinics, which have specified that a person should be quarantined.
“The risks to the community are considered very low, as this condition is unlikely to remain contagious,” WA Health said.
More travelers back
Western Australia also reported 11 new cases involving travelers returning across states and three cases of people returning from abroad.
All new cases are in quarantine.
This brings the state’s total active confirmed cases to 117.
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