03 October 2021

COVID-19 update 3 October 2021

WA Health is reporting 3 new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

The State’s total stands at 1099. To date, 1085 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

As of 8:00pm last night, WA Health was monitoring 5 active COVID-19 cases.

An additional 10 new cases have been reported this morning, which will be reported in tomorrow’s official numbers.

Vessel watch

The oil and chemical tanker the Stolt Sakura berthed yesterday morning at Fremantle Port to allow for WA Health public health officials to test all crew members for COVID-19 today.

On Tuesday, the captain notified WA Health that 12 out of 22 crew members had returned non-negative rapid antigen tests for COVID-19, reporting either mild or no symptoms at that stage. 12 crew members in total have now tested positive by the PCR test.

Four crew members have now been transferred by ambulance to Fiona Stanley Hospital, two are in ICU, one in a serious but stable condition and one is in a stable condition. The other two crew members are in a stable condition.

At this stage it is expected that all other crew members will remain in isolation or quarantine on board the vessel unless they need to be transferred for medical treatment.

WA Health is continuing to work with the vessel and key maritime stakeholders regarding its ongoing management.

Case transferred to hotel quarantine

A family of three returned travellers who were self-quarantining in a serviced apartment in Northbridge were transferred via ambulance to a State Quarantine Facility on Saturday, following a positive COVID test result of a man aged in his 30s.

A small number of contacts have been identified and are being managed by WA Health public health officials.


A person who travelled from Victoria to South Australia, arriving at 17:25 hours in Adelaide on Friday 1 October, has returned a positive test.

Western Australian travellers on Virgin flight VA721 from Adelaide to Perth at 18:00 hours will be contacted as Adelaide Airport has been listed as an exposure site.

All travellers to Perth have been identified and contacted via SMS and the G2G system.

Anyone who has been to an exposure location listed on the SA website (external site) should quarantine until they have been advised otherwise by Public Health.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 460 people were swabbed at State-run clinics.

A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

COVID-19 vaccinations*

There are many regional COVID-19 vaccination clinics open across WA, with bookings preferred but walk ins accommodated where possible.

Western Australian children aged 12 to 15 years are eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination (external site). Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit rollup.wa.gov.au (external site) to register and book appointments for their children in this age group.

Walk-in community clinics are available for young people aged 16 years and over (year 11 and 12) and school staff (external site). Bookings are not required but it is recommended registrations are made through a VaccinateWA (external site) account to make it easier to check in. Proof of age is also required.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (external site) is available at selected WA pharmacies. To find a pharmacy offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external site) or findapharmacy (external site).

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard (external site)**.

Border controls

New directions make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for freight, transport and logistics workers who enter Western Australia from high or extreme risk jurisdictions, based on the latest public health advice.

New directions make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory (external site) for WA’s port workers who board or work with exposed vessels.


Based on the latest health advice, Victoria has been elevated to the extreme risk (external site) category. This means travel from Victoria to Western Australia is not permitted.

Under this category, exemptions for approved travellers has been further restricted to Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, diplomats and specialist or extraordinary circumstances determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or Chief Health Officer.

Other states

New Zealand

In line with all other Australian jurisdictions, travel from New Zealand is treated as travel from an international location (external site).


To date, 169 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 93 Delta strain.

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19.

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A rapid antigen test that returns a result other than negative is termed a ‘non-negative’ result, as it requires a follow-up confirmatory PCR test before it can be deemed a true positive result.

* Cumulative testing and daily vaccination data will be reported on Monday, 4 October 2021.

** WA vaccination data for the WA COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard is sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). AIR is a national register maintained by the Australian Government that records all vaccines given to all people in Australia. WA data includes all COVID-19 vaccinations in WA, whether administered by WA Health, Australian Government providers or other providers (including GPs). WA previously reported only WA Health data. Note that the dashboard does not update until after 2pm Monday to Friday. A vaccine dashboard data interpretation guide (external site) is also available to help you.