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Western Australia delays easing of coronavirus restrictions

Western Australia delays easing of coronavirus restrictions
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said the state will delay moving to phase five of its road to recovery plan as it records one new COVID-19 case overnight.
The new case is a person in hotel quarantine, and takes the total active cases in the state to five.
"This highlights that our quarantine systems are working," Mr McGowan said.
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Premier Mark McGowan has announced the delay of phase five restrictions in Western Australia. (Nine)
There has been no community transmission in the state for 129 days.
Mr McGowan said the state is monitoring the situation in Victoria closely and as a result, it will remain in phase four restrictions longer than expected.
On advice of the Chief Health Officer, the new "tentative" start date for phase five will be Saturday, October 24.
Phase five means the two metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity rule for venues would be removed.
"We are trying to find the right balance here between protecting the community and keeping the economy as open as possible," Mr McGowan said.
"We simply can't afford to get complacent because the virus could sneak back into Western Australia and spread like wildfire."
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As a result of the current restrictions in Western Australia, the Perth Royal Show will not go ahead this year.
"I am personally very disappointed and very sorry," Mr McGowan said.
"The show presents a number of unique challenges that would pose too big a risk."
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