Perth COVID outbreak: Premier Mark McGowan calls on 28 missing ravers to come forward for testing

Premier Mark McGowan has appealed for missing Perth Mess Hall ravers who have yet to show up for COVID testing.

The state has so far dodged a serious bullet after the discovery of a French backpacker positive for COVID on December 23, with the number of cases remaining low.

WA recorded no locally transmitted COVID cases on Tuesday, following yesterday.

The worst day in the current outbreak was Friday, Christmas Eve, when five community cases were recorded.

But there are still serious concerns about 83 close contacts of confirmed cases, 39 of which were from the Perth Mess Hall rave on Sunday, December 19.

Of the 39 people present at the rave, 11 have since come forward or have been located by police.

But there are 28 to be found, and Premier Mark McGowan desperately wants them to come forward.

“The decision to extend current public health measures to Perth and Peel was something I wish we could have avoided,” the Prime Minister wrote on Facebook.

“However, the situation with our Delta outbreak and in particular the ‘Perth Mess Hall’ event left us no choice.

“You may have heard that of the 83 close contacts that were yet to be tested yesterday, 39 were from the Perth Mess Hall event on Sunday 19th December.

“They had plenty of time not only to be contacted by our contact tracing teams, but also to be aware of the infections that occurred during this holiday.”

The Prime Minister was disappointed that it appeared some of the revelers tried to avoid being tested.

“Disturbingly, we have heard reports from our contact tracers that some have turned off their phones so they cannot be contacted,” McGowan wrote.

“I can understand why revelers, businesses and the general public would be disappointed and angry about this – throughout this pandemic, Western Australians have been doing the right thing, especially getting tested and made to feel good about it. ‘insulation, even when it is not suitable, then we do not put each other at risk.

“As a result, everyone is now subject to public health measures.

“Today I can report that 11 more people from the Perth Mess Hall event have come forward or have been located by WA Police, but we still have 28 to find.

“We want that number to be as low as possible. To give us all the confidence we need to know for sure by Tuesday that the virus has been killed.

“So please if you were at the Perth Mess Hall event on the 19th you have to show up and be tested.

“It’s the right thing to do – and it will give us the confidence to ease the restrictions in the New Year and return to the WA lifestyle we all enjoy.”

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