A ten-year-old boy is among 11 coronavirus-infected Australians who arrived on a single flight from the UK.
The boy and his family landed in Perth after travelling from the United Kingdom via Dubai on July 1.
He has been in a quarantine hotel since leaving the plane in Western Australia, but tested positive to COVID-19 on Monday night.
Eleven others on the international flight from Dubai have also tested positive, bringing the state’s total up to 21 – of which 16 are locals and five are from interstate.
On Tuesday the WA Health Minister Roger Cook (pictured) announced tougher restrictions for people travelling from Victoria
Western Australia has had a total of 621 cases and nine deaths since the pandemic began
On Tuesday the WA Health Minister Roger Cook announced tougher restrictions for people travelling from Victoria as the threat of a second wave looms.
Effective from Wednesday, people arriving from the southern state will be required to wear face masks and be tested for the respiratory virus on arrival, then again 11 days later.
‘This means we are doubling down on limiting any potential spread of the virus from Victoria,’ Mr Cook said at a press conference.
‘From tomorrow we will have staff and resources in place at the airport to take swabs from people before they collect their luggage.’
On Friday, Western Australia banned anyone who had been in Victoria within the last 14 days from entering the state.
On Friday, Western Australia banned anyone who had been in Victoria within the last 14 days from entering the state. Pictured: Perth CBD as initial restrictions began to ease earlier this year
While state leaders claim they are trying to take a ‘compassionate approach’ to the border lockdown, several families have been left stranded in Victoria and will have to apply for special exemption to be allowed back in to WA.
More than 29,000 people who applied to enter WA from Victoria have had the applications denied since Thursday, Brisbane Times reported.
The strict border closures do not apply to the rest of the nation, but Mr Cook said he will be monitoring the cases in New South Wales.