WA will cap international arrivals
7 July 2020, Written by Matt Ogg
The Federal Government has reacted "favourably" to Western Australia's request to limit international flights into Perth Airport, as the state seeks to slow down the flow of arrivals and the potential burden on quarantine hotels.
WA chief health officer Roger Cook (pictured) told a press conference late morning AWST the Federal Government has agreed to cap the number of international arrivals into Perth at 525 a week, or about 75 per day.
"To give you an idea of what that means for WA and our hotel quarantine operation, today we have two international flights arriving into Perth from Singapore and Doha with a total of 245 people on board, and that is just the one day," Cook said.
"We're currently working with the Federal Government and the airlines to finalise the implementation of this new arrangements."
In yesterday's announcement, the WA Government also announced return travellers would have to foot the bill for their own 14-day hotel quarantine, and Premier Mark McGowan urged the Commonwealth Government to withdraw support for Clive Palmer's legal challenge to hard borders.
The state reported zero COVID-19 cases overnight, with its total remaining at 621. There are currently 12 active cases in WA, 10 of whom are Western Australians and two who are from interstate.
"They are all in the hotel quarantine and they represent a very low public health risk," Cook said.
"Yesterday we had 1,326 people in hotel quarantine."
Updated at 1:52pm AEST on 7 July 2020.
Author: Matt Ogg