Australia Western Australia lockdown is OVER after finding zero Covid cases
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Western Australia will end its five-day lockdown of the Perth, Peel and South West regions at 6pm on Friday after recording no new cases of Covid-19.
The state recorded no locally-acquired cases and one from a returned traveler, who is in now in hotel quarantine.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said he is 'so relieved we have got to this point' during a press conference on Friday afternoon.
'I can confirm we will exit lockdown at 6pm tonight. The only reason that could change was if local cases were recorded this afternoon,' he said.
Mr McGowan also announced a $500 offset on electricity bills for businesses and charities impacted by the lockdown - which is a total package of $43million.
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The state recorded its first locally acquired COVID-19 case in almost 10 months - and there are fears it could be the UK variant.WA Premier Mark McGowan revealed the new case and lockdown measures during an emergency COVID-19 press conference today.
'The $500 offset will be available to approximately 85,000 eligible Synergy and Horizon customers,' he said.
'It is estimated to provide, on average, up to two months of bill relief. This is a $43 million package for 85,000 customers.
'I know this won't cover the cost of a lockdown. I understand, but I hope it does provide some form of help.'
He said businesses and charities whose bills are managed by others will also be able to apply within the coming weeks, which will increase the total cost of the package.
There were 8,307 tests overnight and nearly 50,000 tests since Sunday, when the lockdown began.
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The lockdown was sparked by one case in a security guard at the Sheraton Four Points hotel who unwittingly roamed the streets of Perth while infectious.
Of the 191 close contacts, 190 have returned negative results while one traveled overseas before they could be tested.
Meanwhile, 306 people out of the 317 casual contacts have returned negative results so far.
Officials are continuing to investigate how the guard contracted the highly contagious UK strain of the virus from a sick guest.
The lockdown will soon be over for metropolitan the Perth, Peel and South West regions at 6pm on Friday.
Western Australia records no new cases of Covid-19
Premier Mark McGowan said there were 15,496 new tests and told those who had been swabbed 'you have done your state proud'.Premier Mark McGowan said there were 15,496 new tests and told those who had been swabbed 'you have done your state proud'.
But Premier Mark McGowan previously announced a range of restrictions will remain in place for Perth and Peel until 12:01am on Sunday February 14.
All residents, including teachers and high school students, must wear masks while outside of their homes except for during vigorous outdoor exercise.
A 20-person limit will be imposed on all private indoor gatherings while a four square metre rule and a cap of 150 attendees will apply to hospitality and retail venues and weddings.
Restaurants, pubs and bars can only have seated service and only essential travel is permitted in and out of the combined Perth and Peel regions.
No restrictions will remain for the South West.
Perth lifts five-day lockdown .
More than 2 million Western Australians are awaking to eased restrictions this morning after their 5-day snap lockdown lifted in 6pm last night. Residents living in Perth and Peel will be able to enjoy their weekend without the strict restrictions previously in place this week after the state recorded five days with no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19.Businesses can reopen, subject to the four square metre rule while private gathering caps will be extended to 20 guests.