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Breaking: Perth to go into three-day lockdown amid hotel COVID-19 outbreak

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Premier Mark McGowan has announced Perth and Peel will go into lockdown after a COVID-19 situation in Perth’s hotel quarantine.

The Premier confirmed Perth would go into a three-day lockdown at an emergency press conference today.

Mr McGowan said restrictions would be in force as of 6pm and of midnight.

“This is a fast evolving situation,” he said.

A man, in his 50’s, and his friend are presumed to be contagious from April 17th and have since visited a number of Perth locations.

Restrictions include the mandatory wearing of masks as of 6pm and restricted travel.

A full list of restrictions and places the two visited will be soon made available.

The lockdown comes after the man contracted the virus while in Perth’s Mercure Hotel before he flew to Melbourne on Wednesday via Qantas flight QF778.

Testing suggests the virus spread throughout the corridor of the hotel’s sixth floor from a couple who had returned from India with the man staying in the room adjacent.

A pregnant mother and her four-year-old daughter also contracted the virus while staying on the same floor.

More to come.

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