26 May 2020

COVID-19 update – 26 May 2020

The Department of Health has reported six new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

The positive cases – all males – are crew from a livestock carrier which is docked in Fremantle Harbour. The ship – Al Kuwait – travelled to Perth from Qatar.

The six confirmed cases were moved off the ship today to a Perth hotel in a State Government operation involving WA Health, WA Police and Fremantle Port Authority as well as the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Border Force and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

For the time being, the remaining 42 crew members, who are well, will stay on board the ship and will be monitored and undergo health assessments as required.

A WAMAT team will board the ship to further assess crew and provide advice around health and infection control.

The State total of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 570.

As well as today’s new cases, there are six active COVID-19 cases being monitored in Perth. They are all in self-isolation – at home or in hotel quarantine.

To date, 549 people have recovered from the virus in WA and there are no confirmed COVID-19 patients in Perth hospitals.

A total of 78,308 COVID-19 tests have been performed in WA. Of those,13,811 tests were carried out in regional WA.

Yesterday 894 people presented to WA COVID-19 clinics, and of these 837 were assessed and 831 were swabbed.

Visit WA Health's HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19.

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