Coronavirus WA: Patients rush to COVID-19 clinics for tests following lockdown announcement

Brianna DuganThe West Australian
VideoWA Premier Mark McGowan announces three day lockdown

Coronavirus clinics across Perth have been hit with a swathe of patients this afternoon as people rush to get tested in light of the State’s latest lockdown announcement.

A convoy of cars were spotted snaking down the road in Osborne Park, as dozens queued for COVID tests at the Clinipath Pathology centre on Selby Street North.

It was a similar picture at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where scores of people were seen lining up to get tested following earlier calls from Premier Mark McGowan to get tested if needed.

Hundreds queue outside Sir Charles Gairdner — many of whom are students at the University of Western Australia.
Camera IconHundreds queue outside Sir Charles Gairdner — many of whom are students at the University of Western Australia.

At the latter, the queue has wrapped itself around the corner with no end in sight — the majority of those in attendance are University of Western Australia students.

One student told The West Australian she started to feel sick two days ago.

“I had cold and flu symptoms so I wanted to get tested,” she said.

Medical staff handed out masks to people in the line — but no social distancing appeared to be enforced.

Many headed to centres around Perth following Mr McGowan’s revelation that a Melbourne man who has tested positive to COVID-19, visited an array of locations before his flight back to Victoria.

The clinic in Osborne Park has already seen a queue develop as people rush to get tested.
Camera IconThe clinic in Osborne Park has already seen a queue develop as people rush to get tested. Credit: Peta Rasdien

After leaving hotel quarantine at the Mercure Hotel that man spent five days in Perth where he stayed with a family in Kardinya.

The Department of Health released a full list of the locations the man visited while in Perth that take in a number of southern suburbs as well as Subiaco and Northbridge.

Mr McGowan earlier encouraged people that had visited any of those locations to get tested as soon as possible.

“I want to remind everyone that if you are unwell, more than ever, stay home and get tested if you are symptomatic,” he said.

“Our testing clinics are open and ready for people to get tested if you are symptomatic.

“Vaccinations will continue over the three-day lockdown period. Information on testing clinics will be available on our website, the WA health and WA government websites.”

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