Photo: medical staff in Perth show the way to the public for testing on January 31. /Agence France Presse
[Ta Kung Pao] according to AFP and Reuters, the Australian government announced on January 31 that a security guard of an isolated hotel in Perth, a city on the west coast, has been diagnosed, and three areas in Western Australia will be under emergency blockade for five days. This is the first case of community transmission in Western Australia in 10 months. Western Australia closed its borders with the rest of Australia for most of last year.
Since 6 p.m. on January 31, about 2 million residents of Perth have to stay at home, as do residents in nearby peel and the southwest. According to the regulations, all bars, gyms, cinemas, libraries, etc. must be closed, restaurants can only provide takeout service, and schools will be closed. People can only leave home to exercise, see a doctor or buy food and medicine.
It is reported that there are four confirmed cases in the hotel where the confirmed security guard is located, of which two are infected with the British variant virus and one is infected with the South African variant virus. “Our model is to control the epidemic quickly and strictly, rather than allowing the virus to spread in the community as it does in other countries around the world,” said Western Australia governor Michael Cohen. ”
In addition, Brazilian researchers said they found two variants of the virus in two confirmed patients. Both men, aged over 30, were infected with the p.2 variant virus (b.1.1.28 lineage) found in Rio de Janeiro in late November last year, and the test was positive for another variant virus at the same time.
There are many varieties of virus spreading in Brazil. Scientists are worried that the existence of two strains in the same person may cause the virus to combine, accelerate the mutation of new varieties of virus, and make the vaccine under development invalid.