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No active COVID cases in WA pandemic first

For the first time since the start of the pandemic in February 2020, there are zero active cases of COVID-19 in WA.

The state registered its first infection on Feb. 16 — 481 days ago — and has had at least one active case in the hotel’s quarantine system since then.

The most recent case was announced on June 1, a guest in the Pan Pacific who contracted the virus from a returning traveler staying in an adjoining room.

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WA’s COVID-free status comes 10 days after the first repatriation flight from India landed in Perth, with 134 passengers on board.

They are all staying at the Westin hotel and so far no one has tested positive.

WA’s first reported cases were Perth tourism pioneer James Kwan and his wife Theresa, who were passengers on the COVID-riddled Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan.

Chief Health Officer Dr. Andrew Robertson announced the second case of coronavirus in WA on February 28 last year.
Camera iconChief Health Officer Dr. Andrew Robertson announced the second case of coronavirus in WA on February 28 last year. Credit: Danella Bevis/The Western Australian

Mr Kwan, 78, was also the first Australian to die from the virus.

After COVID-19 escaped community quarantine three times in three months, the state government has permanently halved WA’s weekly overseas arrival limit to 530 people.

The cut put WA in line with SA, but well behind NSW (up to 3,010 overseas arrivals per week), Queensland (1,300 per week) and Victoria (1,000 per week).

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