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Australia’s city of Perth at risk of second snap-lockdown following new Covid-19 infections

Australia’s city of Perth faces prospects of its second snap lockdown in less than a month, after a hotel quarantine security guard in Perth and two of his housemates tested positive for Covid-19.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said the state’s capital city, which last week emerged from a three-day snap lockdown after reporting one Covid-19 infection, was on high alert and a new lockdown was a real prospect.

“I want to avoid going into lockdown again. I know how much it can impact people’s lives and businesses but if we need to go back into lockdown we will,” McGowan said.

However, he said there were no plans to impose a lockdown today as was earlier feared.

“What has saved us from having a lockdown immediately is the fact that during the course of last week when these people were in the community … everybody was wearing masks and we had a very quiet society,” McGowan added.

The evolving situation will be closely monitored over the coming days.

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