Two new local COVID cases recorded in WA

Western Australia has recorded two new local cases of COVID-19, with WA Health adding a new exposure site to the growing list.

The two new cases are women who have been linked to previous community infections and are in self-quarantine.

Contact tracers are working to identify potential exposure sites, with the Margaret River Chocolate Company in West Swan now listed as one on two separate dates, January 10 and 13.

Anyone who was there at the stated times should get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result, unless otherwise advised directly by the Department of Health.

Overnight, seven new cases were also recorded by returning travellers, all in quarantine. Six contracted the virus between states and one case is linked to an overseas traveler.

The new cases come after Premier Mark McGowan on Thursday revealed a sweeping expansion of proof of vaccination requirements across WA on Thursday, set to come into effect from January 31.

Mr McGowan encouraged anyone who is still unvaccinated to get vaccinated quickly, so they can receive their second dose in February.

He said three doses would soon become the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ and when the time comes he will ensure that entering the premises requires three doses.

There are 120 confirmed active cases in WA. Of these, 40 are in hotel quarantine and 80 are in self-quarantine.

Today’s nine new cases bring the state’s total count to 1,294.

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