18 March 2020

COVID-19 update 18 March 2020

The Department of Health has reported four new cases of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the State’s total to 35.

The new cases include three males and one female aged in their 20s and 30s. The Department is still undertaking thorough contact tracing and at this time can confirm three of the cases recently returned from overseas – the UK, Indonesia and Austria.

Relevant flight details will be uploaded to the HealthyWA website as contact tracing is completed.

To date 7039 Western Australians have tested negative to COVID-19. All cases notified so far have been associated with overseas travel.

Anyone who has travelled overseas must now return home and self-isolate for 14 days. This means you must not leave your property – to go to the shops, walk the dog or undertake exercise. 

The Health Department reiterates the best way people can protect themselves and others is to practise good personal hygiene and social distancing.

This means washing your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap, coughing or sneezing into a tissue (or the crook of your elbow), and staying at home if you are unwell.

Where possible you should also try to keep at least 1.5 metres from others and refrain from physical contact such as shaking hands and hugging.

See WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19 and self-isolation.

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