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Perth, Peel Region and South West of WA hotspots revoked

05 February 2021

People arriving in the Northern Territory from Perth, the Peel Region and the South West Region of Western Australia will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from the areas in Perth, the Peel Region and the South West Region of Western Australia will be able to exit.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 in Perth, the Peel Region and the South West Region of Western Australia since the original positive case was identified. The Western Australian public health response to contract trace and undertake a broad public health response including a full five-day lockdown has contained any spread and has prevented a COVID-19 outbreak to-date.

The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation across Western Australia and Australia, and will declare a hotspot at any time if required.

All people travelling to the Northern Territory will continue to be required to complete an online border entry form upon arrival.

The Chief Health Officer has urged Territorians not to become complacent as the COVID-19 situation can change quickly. Personal behaviour including practising high levels of hygiene and physical distancing remain our best defence against COVID-19.

It is also important the community continues to check-in at businesses and venues across the Northern Territory so NT Health can quickly undertake contact tracing if required.

The Territory Check In App is a contactless, secure and easy way for customers and visitors to sign into businesses and venues and have this data stored directly by NT Health. The Territory Check In App can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App stores.

The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.

  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.
  • Do not travel or go to work if you are sick.
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.

Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie:

“I have been keeping a close eye on the situation in Perth, the Peel Region and the South West Regions of Western Australia and I am satisfied with the quick public health response by Western Australia.

“We went hard and wide, fast in response to the positive case of a quarantine worker in Western Australia to protect the health of Territorians.

“I work closely with my colleagues from other Australian jurisdictions to assess the risk of any outbreak. This includes the extent of community spread, which in this instance has been nil to-date outside of the original case, and the public health measures undertaken including going into a five day, full lockdown which concludes this evening.

“Every COVID-19 case and every COVID-19 outbreak is different. Our best defence continues to be our own personal behaviour including seeking a test if you feel unwell, regularly washing your hands and practicing physical distancing wherever possible.”