McGowan in Mandurah: Key points from the latest coronavirus press conference

Premier Mark McGowan, Mandurah MP David Templeman and Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams made an appearance at a press conference at the Mandurah Foreshore. Photo: Justin Rake.
Premier Mark McGowan, Mandurah MP David Templeman and Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams made an appearance at a press conference at the Mandurah Foreshore. Photo: Justin Rake.

Premier Mark McGowan held a press conference at the Mandurah foreshore today, making several announcements as we move into phase two of WA's roadmap out of lockdown next week.

Mandurah MP David Templeman and Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams made an appearance at the press conference, urging residents to support local businesses.

"More than 2750 locals who had jobs more than six weeks ago now find themselves in positions of unemployment," Mr Williams said.

"Think with every dollar that we spend how can we spend this dollar in a way that will have an impact in our local economy and help those people get their jobs back."

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No new cases

No new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the state overnight.

There are now no active cases in hospitals and are only seven active cases in WA.

Six of these cases are in metropolitan Perth and one in the Goldfields region.

As of today, 62,248 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in WA, with 11,392 of those in regional WA.

Since last week there has been a COVID-19 clinic running in Halls Head and a drive-through testing service in the Peel Health Campus carpark.

Elective surgery capacity increased

From Monday, the capacity of elective surgeries will be ramped up to 50 per cent.

Special attention will be given to those who have had a long wait or are over boundary patients.

Mr McGowan said people waiting for surgeries have been very understanding.

"Potentially over the following two weeks we will update the capacity to 75 per cent," he said.

"Obviously, the end goal is to get back up to 100 per cent of all elective surgeries."

Push for FIFO workers to move to WA

The State Government and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy are encouraging interstate FIFO workers to move to WA permanently in an effort to boost the local economy.

"Thousands of FIFOs work out of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, flying into Perth and up to mine sites," Mr McGowan said.

McGowan said if FIFO families made the permanent move, it would keep those incomes in WA and local spending would help to reinvigorate the economy.