Coronavirus updates LIVE: WA lockdown continues; UK hero Captain Tom Moore dies with COVID-19

Summary

  • Western Australia is dealing with twin emergencies: a coronavirus lockdown and raging bushfires. Perth residents are entering their third day of a five-day hard lockdown after a security guard contracted the highly contagious UK variant of COVID-19. There are no plans to end the lockdown early, even if testing continues to deliver zero new cases.
  • Perth hotel quarantine security personnel did not have to wear masks even while working on the same floor as COVID-19 infected patients, says WA’s Health Minister Roger Cook. He has also admitted the state’s health authorities kept the nation in the dark about the positive case in a security guard for almost 12 hours.
  • Victoria reached 27 days without a case of community transmission on Tuesday, while NSW reported its 16th day without a local case and Queensland clocked up its 22nd consecutive day of no locally acquired cases.
  • The Reserve Bank board has held official interest rates at a record low 0.1 per cent while revealing plans to create another $100 billion to buy government debt.
  • Captain Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against COVID-19, has died aged 100.

WA enters third day of lockdown as state deals with bushfire emergency

WA is again dealing with twin emergencies today: its coronavirus lockdown and devastating bushfires.

Yesterday, WA Premier Mark McGown said it was unlikely the hard five-day lockdown would end early, even if testing continues to deliver no new cases of the virus after a security guard at the Four Points by Sheraton quarantine hotel contracted COVID-19 and spent five days mingling in the community.

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents have been forced to flee their homes amid the lockdown as bushfires rages in Perth’s north-east.

Captain Tom Moore.Credit:Getty Images

Sir Tom became a national hero in Britain last year when he set out to raise £1000 for National Health Service charities by walking laps of his garden. But he ended up smashing that target and raising £32.8 million ($58.8 million) after his story captured international attention.

His feat earned him a Guinness World Record for the most money raised by an individual through a walk, as well as a knighthood from the Queen. He also became the oldest artist to claim the top spot on the British singles chart with his rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the tributes, saying Sir Tom was “a hero in the truest sense of the word … he became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world”, while the Queen sent a private message of condolence.

Global cases top 103.6 million

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus crisis in Australia on this Wednesday as Perth residents enter their third day of hard lockdown.

It’s Marissa Calligeros here and I will bring you the latest developments from around the world and the country today.

More than 103.6 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide, with more than 2.2 million deaths, according to the tally by Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are thought to be far higher.

You can explore our data centre (below) for the latest figures across the globe:

Tuesday recap: WA records no new local COVID-19 cases as lockdown enters second day; scientists fear COVID-19 variants may be ‘taking the edge off’ vaccines

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