Mark McGowan has taken a brutal swipe at New South Wales counterpart Gladys Berejiklian during a heated exchange with a reporter over coronavirus lockdowns.
There were fears two million residents in Perth and surrounding Peel region would be plunged into their second lockdown in as many weeks after a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive on Saturday
But lockdown has been avoided for now after no further locally acquired coronavirus cases were detected on Sunday, the Western Australia premier announced, despite the city having stay-at-home orders during previous outbreaks.
Instead, a raft of strict restrictions has been ramped up, including mandatory wearing of masks, shutdown of nightclubs and 60,000 fans locked out of the AFL local derby between West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers later on Sunday.
A fired-up Mr McGowan snapped when he was grilled by a reporter about his more relaxed approach to the latest outbreak during Sunday's press conference - an approach credited to New South Wales' premier Gladys Berejiklian.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'They have their approach, we adopted ours,' Mr McGowan said in a subtle swipe at the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian (pictured)
'I have explained it now three times and I will explain it again,' an angry Mr McGowan responded.
'Last week, we were already in the state of semi-lockdown.
'People (in Perth were) wearing masks, we had rules and various venues closed, and then coincidentally this (Saturday's) case emerged while all those rules were in place.'
He admitted the city would have gone into lockdown had the latest three cases emerged a few weeks ago.
'You have to judge everything in the circumstances you confront,' Mr McGowan continued.
'There is no hard and fast rule and every state has, I think, adopted a pretty precautionary approach by world standards.'
Mr McGowan then took a potshot at the NSW government, claiming the outbreak on Sydney's Northern Beaches in December had most impact on the economy than the recent three day lockdown in Perth.
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The AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers went ahead on Sunday - but with no spectators (pictured, the Optus Stadium before the game)
A match official is seen in eerily empty stands (pictured) on Sunday in Perth at the Optus Stadium, after an AFL game was closed to fans
Residents on Sydney's Northern Beaches spent nearly three weeks in lockdown over the Christmas period, which sent travel plans nationwide into chaos.
'New South Wales, when they had the Northern Beaches outbreak, they shut down the Northern Beaches for weeks, which has a population of 500,000 or the best part of 1 million people, and parts of country NSW,' Ms Gowan said.
'Then they had rolling lockdowns and various restrictions in place for the best part of three months. It ended up costing the NSW economy, according to the NSW Treasury, $3.2billion.
'(It was way higher than) the estimate of the cost of what happened as a consequence of the Mercure outbreak in Perth (last month). So they have their approach, we adopted ours.'
A fired-up McGowan snapped when he was grilled by a reporter about his more relaxed approach to the latest outbreak during Sunday's press conference (pictured)
Residents in Perth and the Peel region will have to wear masks indoors and outdoors after a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive for Covid-19 (pictured, locals in Perth on April 27)
Contact tracers are continuing to work through the movements of the three men but all 16 close contacts identified by WA Health as 'high risk' have returned negative tests.
Results are pending for a further four close contacts, while another 136 contacts are deemed casual or yet to be classified. All the new cases and their close contacts must quarantine for 14 days.
Nightclubs will close for the next week and all Perth and Peel residents must wear masks indoors and outdoors, regardless of proximity to others.
'We cannot underestimate this virus. We cannot be complacent. We need to follow the health advice. We need