One of West Australian Premier Mark McGowan’s children has been hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection in a serious condition.
Mr McGowan has been isolating at home and has also tested positive for the virus.
WA Premier Mark McGowan has tested positive to COVID-19.Credit:Peter de Kruijff
A statement from Mr McGowan’s office said one of his children, who is fully vaccinated, was in hospital and receiving ongoing treatment.
“The McGowan family asks for privacy regarding the situation at this difficult time,” the statement said.
The Premier entered isolation on Thursday after a family member contracted the virus, and in a statement on Friday morning said a PCR test had confirmed he now also had it.
“In accordance with the protocols, this will extend my quarantine period until I am hopefully cleared to leave home next Thursday afternoon, at the earliest,” he said.
“I will continue to quarantine and work from home over this period.”
WA recorded 8777 coronavirus cases overnight.
There were 258 people with COVID-19 in hospital and nine in ICU. Five historical deaths were also recorded including a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s.
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese also announced on Thursday he had contracted COVID-19, throwing a spanner into his election campaign.
Albanese was scheduled to arrive in Perth on Friday morning but was forced to cancel his trip.
In a Facebook comment, McGowan wished Albanese a “quick recovery” and said he would see him in WA soon.
Labor senator Penny Wong is continuing the party’s campaign in WA instead, starting with a press conference on Friday.
McGowan thanked health and testing clinic staff across WA.
“Their ongoing efforts have enabled us to not only detect and monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the community, but also allowed us to keep on top of the evolving challenge we are navigating throughout our state,” he said.
I would also like to acknowledge the vital contribution of our committed health workers who have not only cared for my family, but also the many Western Australians who have been affected by this virus.”
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