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'Wake Up Call' - Western Australia Records 24 New COVID Cases As Omicron Circulates

Western Australia recorded 24 new COVID cases on Sunday as authorities investigate how COVID protocols were not followed at a Perth hospital on Saturday.

Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the state will be unlikely to eliminate the Omicron variant as the states active case count rose to 90.

“It’s the start of Omicron,” she said, just two days after WA ditched plans to open its borders on February 5.

“It’s clear that we’re not going to eliminate Omicron. It’s about how we suppress and manage Omicron.

“That’s our intention as a government and it’s the advice of the chief health officer. It’s very clear it can’t be eliminated because it’s so transmissible.

“It’s a wake up-call for the broader community that we do have Covid in our community.”

Authorities are hoping there will be no new infections after a woman and her COVID-positive child were able to walk into the emergency department waiting room at Fiona Stanley Hospital on Saturday night.

The Health Minister said “The hospital has strict procedures in place for Covid-19 patients, but unfortunately these were not followed.”