A child in Western Australia has tested positive for COVID as contract tracers revealed they have now linked a mysterious infection to that of a traveler returning from Tasmania.
WA’s only new locally acquired infection announced on Friday involved a child who is the household contact of a previously announced case and is already in quarantine, posing no threat to the community.
Genome sequencing has now linked the mysterious infection announced on Wednesday – known as case 1260 – to a Tasmanian traveler who transmitted the virus to her mother on a car journey from Perth airport to her home, where she isolates herself.
This means either the mother or her daughter transmitted the virus to Case 1260, who is now also in quarantine.
WA Health said the mystery had been solved through “full tracing” and prompted the listing of updated advice for 14 exposure sites in south Perth on Friday afternoon.
The new venues – most of which are in the town of Cockburn – are between January 5 and 9.
They include Spudshed and Good Price Pharmacy in Jandakot, Chemist Warehouse and the Australia Post Collection Center in Bentley and P&N Bank, Woolworths and Big W in Cockburn Gateway.
Woolworths Stockland Bull Creek, Bunnings Cannington and Homecraft Textiles in St James are also listed.
Visitors to any of the new sites are urged to get tested immediately, whether or not they have symptoms.
However, those without symptoms do not need to self-isolate until they test negative.
The exposure sites are in the same part of Perth as those previously linked to Case 1260.
WA Health said anyone who has been in the town of Cockburn in recent days and has cold or flu symptoms should immediately get tested and self-isolate until they test negative. .
Eight new travel-related cases were also reported overnight, seven in people who arrived interstate and one from overseas. All were already in quarantine.
The carpool driver who unknowingly transported a man breaching instructions from his quarantine hotel to the Royal Perth Hospital testing clinic on Wednesday has now been found and tested negative.
“The case involved in the quarantine violation tested positive on (January 3). Given that there are 10 days left after the onset of symptoms and the person has not reported any symptoms recently, it is unlikely likely to be contagious,” WA Health said.
There are now 118 confirmed active cases in WA, of which 42 are in hotel quarantine with the rest self-isolating in other suitable premises.
Some 36,780 vaccines were administered in WA on Thursday – the majority of which were boosters.