WA to get COVID schedule, but Premier will not release details until Friday


Sir. McGowan has previously said the state would not ease border restrictions with COVID-infected states before Christmas, noting that any major changes, such as the reintroduction of face mask rules, would not happen until after the school holidays ended in late January.

The transition plan is likely to include fixed dates for when changes in the state’s strict zero-COVID response will take place, as well as explicit vaccination targets.

Last week, South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall announced that he would ease domestic border restrictions for double-vaccinated people from 23 November. Tasmania will allow domestic travel to resume for people with double stings from December 15, when the state is estimated to reach 90 per. cent vaccination percentage.

Northern Territory’s plan will allow vaccinated travelers from low- to mid-level COVID locations from early November, while Queensland will allow interstate visitors from 17 December.

The $ 400 million investment included $ 206.8 million for 270 additional beds at WA hospitals.

About 120 of these new beds will be installed in Rockingham, Osborne Park and two other hospitals in a fast “modular” way.

About $ 191.2 million will be spent on hiring an additional 410 new nurses and 180 doctors.

The McGowan government has received intense criticism from doctors and nurses unions for its under-resources of the hospital system, leading to record ambulance ramping and daily code yellow at metro hospitals.

The new funding is a supplement to the extra funding announced in the September budget and will see 530 extra beds brought online into the system compared to March this year.


McGowan declined to admit that the hospital was experiencing a crisis, saying WA’s health care system was experiencing the same pressure as its counterparts in the eastern state.

“No, what we are doing is providing additional capacity both in the budget in September and now, when COVID will inevitably come here next year,” he said.

“We will put some modular hospitals together with some existing hospitals or modular ones together with some existing hospitals, as they have done in Canberra, so we have that boost of capacity to handle the situation when COVID arrives here sometime next year.”

NSW boundary rules change

McGowan also announced that the state would downgrade its COVID risk category for New South Wales from extreme risk to high risk from Saturday, which will give police more leeway to allow people to enter WA for compassionate reasons.

He said this included Western Australians, who may have traveled internationally to Sydney recently, have roots in WA and have a legitimate right to return.

Anyone entering WA must be fully vaccinated and return a negative COVID-19 test three days before entry.

These persons can be quarantined at home, provided that the police are satisfied with the quarantine conditions.

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