WA contacts still waiting for test results after coming into contact with COVID-19-infected truck driver

Headshot of Briana Fiore
Briana FioreThe West Australian
Email Briana Fiore
A member of the public is seen at a COVID-19 drive-through testing centre in Mindarie.
Camera IconA member of the public is seen at a COVID-19 drive-through testing centre in Mindarie. Credit: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images

Eight people who came into contact with a COVID-positive truck driver while he was in WA have not yet returned negative test results.

Contract tracers today said they were still waiting for the test results of eight of the 70 close or casual contacts.

The 10 close contacts have been instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The truck driver was “potentially infectious” while in WA between September 30 and October 3.

He has since travelled to South Australia and is no longer in WA — but the risk to local residents has been described as “low”.

Meanwhile, the Health Department said no new cases of COVID-19 had been reported overnight.

Six COVID cases are being monitored within the State, five of whom are in hotel quarantine.

One crew member from the MV Stolt Sakura vessel is in Fiona Stanley Hospital.

The MV Stolt Sakura at Fremantle Port.
Camera IconThe MV Stolt Sakura at Fremantle Port. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Contact tracers have managed to track down 50 contacts of a returned diplomat who had coronavirus, including one family member who had tested positive.

All others have returned negative results.

It comes as Victoria recorded 1993 cases overnight, including the death of a 15-year-old girl.

NSW recorded 319 cases and two deaths.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet yesterday declared he would reopen his State’s borders to international travellers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australians who were vaccinated were able to “do more and more and more”.

However, not everyone is happy about the jab mandate.

FIFO workers and nurses in uniform were among more than 10,000 who protested today against vaccines and closed borders.

They chanted “F... McGowan” and said they would not be “bullied” into rolling up.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails