Second COVID case linked to Mercure Hotel cluster detected in the community in WA24th April 2021
Western Australia has recorded a second coronavirus case in the community linked to one of the exposure sites identified by the health authorities in relation to the Mercure Hotel cluster.
The man, aged in his 40s, dined at Kitchen Inn in Kardinya at the same time as a COVID-positive Victorian man and his friend were at the popular Malaysian restaurant on April 18.
Authorities said the man got tested for the virus at one of the state’s COVID clinics on Friday after realising they had been at one of the locations released by the Department of Health.
In light of the latest positive case, the state government has tightened quarantine rules for anyone who dined at any of the five restaurants attended by the confirmed cases.
From now on, people who visited City China Garden, Good Fortune Road Duck House and Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant in Northbridge, Kitchen Inn in Kardinya, or Anything La Comer in East Victoria Park will need to quarantine for 14 days regardless of their test results.
Those who have attended the remaining sites, which include a petrol station, a chemist, a bakery, a dining hall, and an aquatic centre, will be required to isolate until they return a negative test.
WA Premier Mark McGowan announced the Perth and Peel region would go into lockdown on Friday afternoon after a COVID-19 cluster was identified at the Mercure Hotel Perth on Wednesday.
The virus had spread among quarantining guests in separate rooms, infecting a mother, her four-year-old daughter, and the Victorian man. Authorities believe the patient zero was a man who had recently returned to Perth after attending a wedding in India.