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WATCH LIVE: Premier Mark McGowan gives an update on COVID clusters

WA Premier Mark McGowan is due to give an update about the state’s COVID clusters at a press briefing with WA’s Education Minister Sue Ellery at the construction site of the Piara Waters Secondary College site.

On Tuesday six new exposure sites were added in relation to the Pan Pacific hotel cluster, which started after a security guard, known as case 1001, caught the virus from a returned traveller from the US.

The latest locations include two KFC restaurants in Beldon and Hillarys; a 7 Eleven petrol station in Balga; a Caltex petrol station in Whitfords; a Coles Express in Ocean Reef; and a Pizza Hut in Wanneroo.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told 6PR’s Gareth Parker contract tracing from the Pan Pacific cluster was proving to be effective despite more than 100 food venues identified as potential exposure sites because of case 1001’s housemates’ food delivery jobs.

“The pleasing thing about it is we’re not seeing recurrences in community spread,” he said.

When asked whether WA would be wearing masks in the longer term Mr Dawson said across the globe and in the eastern states people had become used to wearing them.

“We will again rely on Dr Robertson’s advice and he will be advising us all this week whether in fact, that is one of the measures, not the only one, but that’s certainly something he will be advising us on,” he said.

Mr Dawson said once authorities were confident they had ‘ring fenced’ all the close and casual contacts of case 1001 they would consider easing restrictions for large crowds.

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