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  • WA has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row, according to State Premier Mark McGowan
  • Perth and WA’s South West were sent into a five-day hard lockdown after a hotel quarantine worker contracted the U.K. strain of the virus
  • Since then, more than 16,000 tests have been conducted over the last 24 hours across WA, with no positive test results returned
  • Despite the lack of cases, though, WA’s lockdown will remain in place until Friday, February 5
  • Meanwhile, in Victoria, officials have announced workplaces can soon return to 75 per cent capacity after no new local cases were recorded for 27 days
  • NSW and Queensland have also recorded no new cases today, however, South Australia has recorded one case of COVID-19 in its medi-hotel system

WA has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row following a local outbreak on Sunday.

A man working at a hotel quarantine facility contracted the highly-contagious U.K. variant of the virus, prompting a hard lockdown across Perth.

The worker visited a number of locations across the city, prompting tens of thousands of residents to get tested.

All up, WA Premier Mark McGowan said over 16,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted over Monday.

Premier McGowan also confirmed that despite the lack of cases, WA’s lockdown will remain in place until Friday, February 5.

Commenting on the restrictions, the leader said it was important Perth residents stayed at home.

“Can I again stress my strong advice to everyone is unless it is absolutely necessary, please stay home,” the Premier said.

“As the police commissioner said, don’t look for a reason to leave your home. For now until Friday 6:00 pm (AWST), stay home and stay safe,” he added.

Premier McGowan also urged anyone who visited sites attended by the infectious worker, or those who have COVID-19 symptoms, to get tested.

“This is our second zero in a row now [with no cases]. Given the amount of testing completed, this is a very encouraging piece of news,” he explained.

Meanwhile, in Victoria, officials have announced workplaces can return to 75 per cent capacity from next week after previously being capped.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the change comes after Victoria recorded 27 days of no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.

NSW and Queensland have also recorded no new cases today, however, South Australia has recorded one case of COVID-19 in its medi-hotel system.

Authorities in Adelaide have stated the man tested positive after returning home from overseas and entering quarantine.

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