WA has extended its COVID-free run to an eighth consecutive day, with Premier Mark McGowan taking to Twitter to announce the good news.

“Well done WA – another day of zero new local cases. Thank you to everyone turning up and getting tested at our COVID Clinics over the past week,” he wrote.

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At his daily press conference, Mr McGowan said 3154 people were swabbed on Sunday.

Contact tracers have identified 527 close and casual contacts of the hotel security guard known as Case 903 who tested positive to COVID-19, sending Perth and surrounds into a snap five-day lockdown.

They have all returned at least one negative test.

The State Government has also finally moved to ban hotel quarantine workers from holding second jobs. Last week it was revealed the infected guard also worked as a ride-share driver.

The Premier said contract variation letters had been sent to the four security companies involved in the hotel quarantine system.

So far, one of the companies has agreed to the changes. It’s expected secondary employment will cease in coming days.

Health Minister Roger Cook the ban on second jobs initially only covered hotel quarantine guards, but the State would consider whether to expand it to include other staff such as cleaners.

The Government has launched a review of the airflow inside quarantine hotels amid concern the guard contracted the virus while he sat three metres away from an infected guest’s room.

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 Education Minister Sue Ellery said there were one million masks available in schools across WA as children headed back to class today, after a one week extension to summer holidays due to the lockdown.

 She expected schools would “look a little different”, with secondary students and staff required to wear face masks.

Ms Ellery said there was no plan to extend the school term by one week to make-up for the lost week.

A decision on whether masks would be required beyond this week would be based on the advice of Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson.

Mr McGowan said he expected there would be an announcement about permitting quarantine-free travel with Victoria and NSW in coming days.

He said there was no evidence of community spread in either State, despite quarantine staff in Sydney and Melbourne contracting COVID-19 in recent days.

The Premier said he was not averse to the introduction of day 16 testing of quarantine guests. The nation’s chief medical officers are due to provide updated advice on the issue.

Treasury has revised the State Budget surplus for this financial year up another $1 billion to $3.1 billion, but there was no plan to offer further financial support to small businesses forced to close last week beyond the $500 electricity credit.

Treasurer Ben Wyatt said he had asked Treasury to estimate the cost of the five-day lockdown on the WA economy.



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