Mark McGowan says diplomat with COVID ‘low risk’ to society, 12-person crew also diagnosed

An Australian diplomat tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Western Australia on Wednesday, with 12 more positive cases identified on board an oil tanker docked in Fremantle.

The 30-year-old diplomat traveled from Serbia to Perth via Dubai with his wife and young child.

The family has been moved to hotel quarantine from an apartment in Northbridge, where they are self-isolating, after the man tested positive for the virus yesterday.

Four potential close contacts have been identified, including employees at the apartment complex and the driver who picked up the family from the airport.

All four contacts have been tested and are currently in quarantine for 14 days.

One of the contacts has returned a negative result so far.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan said the family had been allowed to enter Western Australia under approved travel for a senior government official.

He said the couple have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

McGowan said health authorities have been told the case poses a “very low risk” to the public.

“All precautions have been taken,” McGowan said.

“Western Australia has done well for a long time, but this shows how easily the COVID virus can reach our community.

“Our border controls are strong, but we can’t be complacent, which is why we all need to be vaccinated.”

More than half of the ship’s crew are positive

Testing also identified 12 cases of COVID-19 in 22 crew members on the oil and chemicals tanker, Stolt Sakura, which docked at Fremantle yesterday.

Three crew members have been taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for further medical treatment, two of whom are currently in the intensive care unit.

Of the two crew members in the intensive care unit, one is in a serious but stable condition and the other is in a stable condition.

The remaining crew members will remain in isolation on the ship unless they need to be taken to hospital for medical attention.

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