Western Australia has not recorded any other cases of Covid-19 linked to two truck drivers who tested positive after crossing three states.
Both drivers were tested as part of routine surveillance in New South Wales on Wednesday, but being essential workers they were allowed to begin their journey through Victoria and South Australia to WA , where they arrived on Thursday evening. They received their test results on Friday and their employer notified WA Health.
The drivers, aged 23 and 29, wore face masks and slept in their truck cabs after arriving in the Perth suburb of Kewdale.
Premier Mark McGowan said contact tracers identified 20 close or casual contacts, two in Perth and the rest in the Washington state area. All are isolated.
“Our health advisers have indicated that the risk of these two truck drivers is very low and that everything is being done to manage the situation in accordance with health protocols,” he told reporters in Broome.
The Prime Minister reiterated that the couple had done nothing wrong.
“They did a tough job crossing Australia, working long hours and delivering supplies to communities in this country,” he said.
“When they learned that they were positive for Covid, they immediately informed the people concerned. “
SA Health on Saturday listed two gas stations in Port Augusta and two more in Ceduna, where the drivers are said to have stopped on their trip across the state.
Anyone who was on the scene at the specified times must self-quarantine for 14 days and undergo multiple Covid tests during that time.
Public health alerts have already been issued in WA for a BP truck stop in Norseman, the IOR Petroleum gas station in Widgiemooltha, the Shell gas station in Southern Cross and the Mobil truck stop in Yellowdine.
Anyone who has visited the sites during the stated times are required to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, but broader restrictions have not been introduced in the state.