In Western Australia, no community-acquired infection of the new corona has been confirmed since April last year, except for one confirmed at the end of January this year. An election was held in the state on the 13th of this month, and the current governor's response to Corona was evaluated, including restrictions on movement across state borders, and he was re-elected. Recently, the number of community-acquired infections has been low nationwide (a total of 46 days as of yesterday when no community-acquired infections were confirmed nationwide), and the country has announced a policy to encourage domestic travel.
Vaccination has begun with priority given to healthcare workers and the elderly, and about 240,000 people have already received the first vaccination. It depends on the vaccination situation in the future, but according to the news, it is likely that Japanese tourists will come again after October. We will inform you of the latest information at a later date.
The other day, I took a ferry from downtown Perth to Rottnest Island on a day trip. There are many beautiful beaches, but after all, "Quokka" is cute! Quokka is a small companion of kangaroos and wallabies, and is said to be the "happiest animal in the world" because it looks like it has a raised corner and smiles. It is a marsupial unique to the south of Western Australia, and there are 10,000 marsupials on Rottnest Island, so you can meet them immediately even in the daytime. The next picture is one of them I took the other day.
On January 31, a community-acquired infection of the new corona was confirmed in Perth, Western Australia for the first time in about 10 months. On the 31st, a security guard working at a quarantine hotel in Perth, where returnees lived in isolation for two weeks, was found to have been infected with the mutant strain, and on the most recent off day, he went to various places outside Perth. Perth and other southern states entered a five-day lockdown from 18:00 on the 31st, given that they had been moved.
A total of about 60,000 people were inspected for the mandatory wearing of state masks, and fortunately the lockdown was released the day before yesterday without any new infections being confirmed. We operate after limiting the capacity of each area (one customer for every 4 square meters), such as shops that had to be closed and restaurants that were only taken home. It is legally required to wear a mask until the 13th of this month. In some extreme cases, a person who went out to town without a mask on the 1st was arrested for refusing to wear a free mask even if the police provided him with a free mask.
Today, Western Australia has not been confirmed to have a community-acquired infection of the new corona for eight months (since April 11). Also this week, restrictions on travel from other states have been further relaxed, freeing travel from most states (no quarantine). The number of infections in the city has decreased nationwide, and it has not been confirmed in any state during the past week.
The photo shows the center of Perth taken from the Swan River the other evening. It feels like summer is coming in earnest recently, and the maximum temperature exceeds 30 degrees Celsius every day.