WA caps international arrivals to limit COVID-19 cases

International arrivals into WA will be capped. Source: Getty

Only 525 people will be allowed to fly into Western Australia from overseas per week in a bid to take pressure off hotel quarantine.

International arrivals in Western Australia are being capped at 525 people per week to limit strain on the state's COVID-19 hotel quarantining system.

Health Minister Roger Cook said on Tuesday the federal government had responded favourably to the request overnight, as two international flights from Singapore and Doha were set to bring in 245 arrivals.

The announcement comes as international arrivals in Sydney have been capped at 450 a day while all international flights are being diverted from virus-hit Victoria and as travellers appear to be diverting from Queensland, where the state government is charging for accommodation.

Western Australia Health Minister Roger Cook on Tuesday.
Western Australia Health Minister Roger Cook on Tuesday.

WA is moving in the same direction as Queensland, drafting urgent legislation that would force all returning travellers to pay for their mandatory 14-day stays.

Meanwhile, after a recommendation from the state government, ticket sales for the 19 July AFL derby between West Coast and Fremantle have been temporarily suspended.

WA is scheduled to move into phase five of eased restrictions the day prior, removing all remaining limits on gatherings and allowing 60,000 capacity crowds at Optus Stadium.

But the date could be pushed back, with authorities keeping a close watch on the outbreak in Victoria.

The state has not recorded a community-based infection since 11 April.

No new cases were recorded overnight, leaving the tally of active cases at 12. 

Residents in affected public housing towers who need access to support and assistance should call the Housing Call Centre on 1800 961 054. If you need a translator, first call 131 450. Both services are 24/7. More information can be found here.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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