Western Australia tightens border again, deems Qld ‘high risk’

Western Australia has again tightened its border rules after the state recorded five new local COVID-19 cases today.

From midnight, both Queensland and South Australia will move to high-risk status.

Premier Mark McGowan confirmed the news at a press conference a short time ago.


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“There are also worrying signs out of Queensland which has recorded 589 new infections… This is a major concern,” he told reporters.

“That is why both South Australia and Queensland will be reclassified from medium risk jurisdictions to high-risk jurisdictions.”

The new border arrangements will kick in at midnight tonight.

“This will mean arrivals must be approved, fully vaccinated, comply with the testing requirements before and after arriving, using the G2G Now app and undertake 14 days’ self-quarantine with the G2G Now app,” the Premier said.

Of today’s new cases, one is a close contact of the 25-year-old French backpacker who flew into Perth from Queensland on December 12.

Three others cases are all casual contacts who were at the same event as the backpacker and his close contact on December 19.

The fifth case was only announced halfway through the press conference, with no other details known at this stage.