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.
Happy New Year from Perth, Western Australia ♬ 2021 Thank you for your continued support this year. I don't know what month it will be, but I sincerely hope that Japanese people will come to Perth again. Fortunately, no community infection of the new corona has been confirmed in Western Australia since early April last year.
Hot days have continued since the middle of last month. On Christmas day, I enjoyed eating spiny lobster from the province during my tour to "Pinnacles" and drank white from the wine region "Swan Valley", which is 30 minutes from the center of Perth. .. In the photo, I ate a lot of lobster, ham and shrimp in the foreground at noon!
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.
In Western Australia, where Perth is located, 10 people infected with the new corona have been confirmed over the past week (returnees are being quarantined at the hotel). No community-acquired infections have been confirmed since mid-April, more than half a year ago.
The state border closure, which had been in force since early April, was conditionally lifted on the 14th of this month. People from states that have not been confirmed to have a community infection in the last four weeks are free to enter the state. People from states with less than 5 community-acquired infections per day (on average) in the last two weeks can enter the state, but must be quarantined for two weeks. Also, the other day, a concern outbreak occurred in neighboring South Australia, which again made it difficult to move from that state.
Lastly, as for the area around Perth, I went to a nearby wine region this month as well. This time, I went to a winery named after Black Swan, the state bird of the state, and enjoyed white and sparkling while looking at the vineyards and scenery.
In Western Australia, where Perth is located, 14 people have been infected with the new coronavirus over the past week (returnees / quarantined at hotels). The cumulative total of infections in the state is 767, and the number in the country is 27,585. Movement across the Western Australian border (movement from other states) has been restricted since early April, but yesterday the governor announced plans to lift it. Since November 14, people from states that have not been confirmed to have "community infection" in the last four weeks do not need to be quarantined, but those from states that have been confirmed need to be quarantined for two weeks. That is. At this time, transfers from Victoria, where Melbourne is located, and New South Wales, where Sydney is located, are subject to quarantine.
Although not related to the above, I went to a winery in the wine region "Swan Valley", which is a 30-minute drive from Perth, in the middle of this month. We enjoyed white and red wine while gazing at the scenery of the vineyards, and even went into the fields under the blue sky. It's been summer days, and it's getting colder in the mornings and evenings, and I don't think there will be any days below 10 degrees Celsius.
Since April 11th, the so-called "community infection" of the new coronavirus has not been confirmed in Western Australia, and it has been half a year yesterday. The image below was posted on the governor's official SNS.
During the past week (6th to 12th), 9 people were confirmed to be infected (returnees, etc., being quarantined at a designated hotel). The cumulative total is 696, and the national total is 27,286. Travel abroad and from other states remains restricted.
Other than the restrictions on how many people can enter at the same time because each customer needs 2 square meters at a store in the state, and the venue with a large capacity such as a stadium is limited to half of the capacity, there are currently restrictions. There is none.
Two new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Western Australia over the past week (661 in total, 26,885 in total nationwide). Travel from other states remains restricted.
It rains and stops near Perth today, but it's September, when it's more sunny and sunny. The flower I would like to introduce this time is "Southern Cross", which is named after the Southern Cross marked on the national flag. It also blooms in Kings Park, which is very close to Perth, and when you look up at the night sky on a sunny day, you can see the Southern Cross itself.
In Western Australia, where Perth is located, two people have been confirmed to have a new infection with the new corona over the past week (8th-14th). Travel from other states remains restricted, and the state border closure may not be lifted later this year.
Rape blossoms bloom every year in the grain area inland about two hours from Perth, and the following scenery spreads all over. Rapeseed is the second most important grain grown in Western Australia after wheat and barley. It accounts for about half of the country's production and is also exported to Japan.
In Western Australia, where Perth is located, no new infections have been confirmed during the past week (0). Travel from other states is still restricted.
Various flowers are blooming here and there in September. I went to King's Park, which is near the center of Perth and the first place I visited for "half-day sightseeing," and took a picture. This one is Kangaroo Po, a flower unique to Western Australia. Among the 12 species, one of red and green is a state flower. Is the part in the center of the photo similar to the front legs of a kangaroo? That is the origin of the name. Please come and see for yourself next year.
In Western Australia, where Perth is located, four new cases were confirmed this week. Travel from other states is still restricted.
There are still days when the minimum temperature falls below 10℃, but from September it will be spring. From May to September, the state swan, the black swan, breeds in the south of the state, and you can also see chicks on the Swan River flowing through the center of Perth. The chicks' feathers are gray, but as they grow, they turn black, their necks lengthen, and their beaks turn red. As with the Swan River, there are craft beers named after this bird and taxi companies, so Swan will appear in various places.
In Western Australia, where Perth is located, there were two new confirmed cases over the past week. Travel from other states is restricted.
About 30 minutes from Perth, there is a harbor town called "Fremantle" with a calm atmosphere, and its famous market was reopened on the 10th of last month. In addition to Australia's unique souvenirs, you can sample various things at the fruit market, and it is a very popular market that is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Eat lunch at a long-established restaurant facing the port of Fremantle on a half-day tour, stop by a World Heritage site, and go to this market from Friday to Sunday.