Eight new WA virus cases prompts warning | The Standard

A crew member from the plagued Al Messilah livestock ship has been hospitalised in Western Australia as the state recorded eight new COVID-19 cases.

All of the new cases are returned overseas travellers, aged between three and 62, who are in hotel quarantine after returning via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Doha.

Premier Mark McGowan has confirmed a 35-year-old Al Messilah crew member is being treated for the virus in a negative pressure room at Royal Perth Hospital.

The vessel has undergone a deep clean while docked at Fremantle Port after 25 crew members tested positive.

Thirty-six crew members have been moved into hotel quarantine, leaving a skeleton crew aboard.

Eight crew members from the Key Integrity bulk carrier docked at Fremantle Port, including two who have tested positive, entered hotel quarantine on Thursday so that ship could also be deep-cleaned.

Mr McGowan said WA could expect the number of cases among returned overseas travellers to increase given the global resurgence of the virus.

"COVID is running wild overseas and there's mass deaths occurring once again," he said.

"We just have to be very, very, very vigilant and cautious, which is why our hotel quarantine system is essential.

"I would say to the Commonwealth government, let's not rush headlong into opening the international borders to other countries. It's just a risk."

The premier said WA has almost 2000 people in hotel quarantine, including more than 100 who had arrived from New Zealand via its travel bubble with....

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