Western Australia reports no new cases of locally acquired Covid on day two of lockdown

Western Australia has reported no new community cases of coronavirus on day two of a snap lockdown for Perth and the Peel region after the virus spread from a quarantine hotel in the city.

The state’s premier, Mark McGowan, said on Sunday that there had been no new locally-acquired cases, but there was one additional case in hotel quarantine, who was a “returning resident who has travelled back from India”.

Earlier on Sunday, the defence minister, Peter Dutton, said the WA government had made a “mistake” by using the Mercure Perth hotel where the latest outbreak originated.

Dutton said the hotel had previously been identified as being unsuitable but the state had other options available and the commonwealth wouldn’t be opening up military bases to house returned travellers as McGowan had suggested.

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