CM – WA records first Omicron infection as local COVID numbers rise by five

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Western Australia has registered its first case of Omicron in the community amid five new local COVID-19 cases overnight.

On Wednesday, incumbent Prime Minister Roger Cook said three of the cases were with the backpacker delta Clusters.

Mr Cook said two of the cases were contagious in the community, with a Woolworths in the CBD and Diver’s Tavern in the Broome vacation hotspot on high alert among the new exposure locations.

The fourth local case was unrelated to the backpacker cluster and the last was a household contact from a recent interstate arrival currently quarantined at home.

Mr Cook confirmed that genomic sequencing tests on the security guard who tested positive were found that he was infected with the Omicron variant, however, said there appeared to be no further spread.

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