WA’s coronavirus pandemic plan unveiled as three new COVID-19 cases confirmed in state

WA's coronavirus pandemic plan unveiled as three new COVID-19 cases confirmed in state


March 11, 2020 12:36:31


Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook announce three more COVID cases as they reveal WA’s pandemic response plan. (ABC News)

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Western Australia has recorded three new cases of coronavirus overnight as the McGowan Government unveils its pandemic plan to deal with the expected spread of the virus throughout the community from next month.

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Three more diagnosed cases of COVID-19 brings the total to nine in WAAll three of the new cases had recently returned from overseasWA has released a pandemic plan to keep delivering essential services

Two men and one woman from Perth have been diagnosed, Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson said.

Dr Robertson said these people had recently flown back from Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some developed symptoms on their return and others while they were on the plane.

All were all separate cases and were “imported”, not person-to-person transmissions, Dr Robertson said.

He said all were stable and in home quarantine at the moment.

It brings the total number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases to nine in Western Australia.

Schools, businesses, events may be closed

The pandemic plan, which was last updated in 2014, provides all Government agencies with guidelines to continue to deliver essential services in the event of a widespread coronavirus outbreak.

It includes preparations for school and business closures, cancellations of major events and public transport, and even processes for cemeteries to implement quicker burials.

“I’m not a scaremonger and I’m not a panic merchant,” Premier Mark McGowan told ABC Radio Perth.

“I’m just saying we just need to be prepared and that we should go about our business as normal until such time as these things are required.”

The Premier said he was considering payroll tax relief to soften the anticipated economic hit from the virus.

“The economy is very important, the best thing people can do is continue to support our local businesses,” Mr McGowan said.

“We’re looking at what makes the biggest difference to supporting jobs and the economy. I think the major things in that regard are payroll tax and also consumer spending.”

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