Western Australia would use lockdowns as the second line of defence if the highly transmissible UK COVID strain got into the state, after contact tracing, the state’s health incident controller says.
- Doctors say better planning is needed for the B117 strain of COVID
- They say hotel quarantine failures elsewhere risk being repeated in WA
- But health authorities say WA is well prepared for a second wave
WA has enjoyed a relatively normal existence since the global pandemic was declared, with restaurants and other businesses reopening far earlier last year than many in the east, and virtually no community transmission reported.
But that would change in the event of an outbreak, State health incident coordinator Dr Robyn Lawrence said.