06 August 2021

COVID-19 update 6 August 2021

WA Health is reporting no new COVID-19 cases today.

The State’s total remains at 1059. To date, 1041 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

The WA Department of Health is calling on people in the Broome township area to get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms after the state’s wastewater surveillance program detected weak traces of the virus in Broome township.

This unexpected finding does not necessarily indicate there is a positive case in the community. However, people (regardless of age) with even the mildest of symptoms are asked to get tested as soon as possible as a precaution.

WA Health continues to monitor close and casual contacts of a WA FIFO worker who was a casual contact of a Queensland traveller at Perth Airport on 20 July. The traveller, who was refused entry to WA, returned to Queensland where he subsequently tested positive to COVID-19.

The FIFO worker returned a weak positive result to a COVID test on 2 August. Of the 1630 close and casual contacts identified to date, 250 have so far tested negative to COVID-19.

Anyone who visited an exposure location during the exposure periods is required to get tested immediately and self-quarantine until a negative result is received.

WA Health has removed Southbank Day Surgery as an exposure site. This has been replaced with Southbank Central (main floor entrance/foyer as well as the upper level), which is part of the same building and has the same address.

Anyone who attended these areas of Southbank Central during the exposure times must get tested immediately and quarantine until they return a negative result. People who attended Southbank Day Surgery during the exposure times are no longer required to quarantine unless they entered through the Southbank Central main floor entry foyer.

There are nine active COVID-19 cases being monitored by WA Health: two in hotel quarantine, one quarantining at home, four cases onboard the MV Darya Krishna and two crew members from the MV Darya Krishna in hospital. One crew member is on a ventilator and is critically unwell in ICU; the other is in a stable condition on a respiratory ward.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 8761 people were swabbed at State-run and private clinics. To date, there have been 1,544,681 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 185,470 were from regional WA.

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


Yesterday, a record 17,116 people were administered with a vaccine dose – 9359 of those were second doses. These figures represent vaccinations at State-run clinics and doses given as part of the Commonwealth rollout.

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

Border controls

Western Australia has assessed New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria as medium risk (external site) states. The Australian Capital Territory is low risk (external site). The Northern Territory and Tasmania are considered very low risk (external site).


To date, 124 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 55 Delta strain.

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

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Note: *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.