Mask mandate returns as authorities warn Perth Omicron outbreak could be difficult to contain

“We have to assume that there are more cases of Omicron in our community.”

Health Minister Amber Jade Sanderson said the community needs to increase the rate of testing for COVID-19.

“Yesterday, only 1,329 people showed up for testing at public clinics,” she said.

“We appreciate those who continue to come forward. But we have to do much better than that.

COVID is believed to have spread to the Applecross Massage Spa after a staff member attending an exhibition site on January 6 at the same time as an infectious woman, who contracted the virus after picking up her Tasmanian daughter from the airport, stood in the store.

Ms Sanderson said the state’s health director had serious concerns that authorities could not take control of the cluster, with several massage spa workers and their contacts already contagious, and few people checking in on the site.

The Prime Minister called on anyone who felt unwell to get tested, those who were not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated and everyone to use the ServiceWA or SafeWA apps to check in at all venues.

“It is clear that the number of cases of the Omicron variant is increasing, as is the risk to the community,” he said.

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